The Santa Barbara Police Department is proud to announce that the latest Dare Graduation will be held:

– Wednesday, January 19th, at 9:30 a.m., at the Arlington Theater, 1317 State Street.

– Over 300 fifth and sixth grade students from 7 local elementary schools will graduate.

DARE stands for: Drug Abuse Resistance Education. More than 20,000 local students have graduated from DARE since 1987. In addition to drug and alcohol education, the DARE curriculum teaches responsibility and making good choices. Officer Anita Chamberlain personally conducted the training and interacted with each student. She was a role model and promoted a positive view of law enforcement. This will be Officer Chamberlain’s final DARE graduation. On this same date she will retire after 25 years of service to our community. Officer Chamberlain is the first female officer to retire from SBPD.

As a graduation requirement, each student writes an essay explaining what they have learned. The essays are judged and winners are chosen from each class and school. The winners are:

Cleveland Elementary School Winner: Daniel Reyes

– Class Winner: Daniela Jimenez

– Class Winner: Yessenia Chavez

El Montecito School Winner: Mallory Sestak

– Class Winner: Kevin Wills

Franklin Elementary School Winner: Viridiana Barrera

– Class Winner: Jacqueline Ramirez

– Class Winner: Fernando Rivera

– Class Winner: Perla Sandoval

Hope Elementary School Winner: Sam Haj

– Class Winner: Bryan Sheets

– Class Winner: Chase Murphy

Monroe Elementary School Winner: Ben Cable

– Class Winner: Allison Rich

– Class Winner: Rafael Saavedra

Monte Vista Elementary School Winner: Ayden Klock

– Class Winner: Grace Gau

– Class Winner: Maya Eastman

Santa Barbara Community Academy School Winner: Arianna Sanchez

– Class Winner: Brian Nnoli

The Santa Barbara High School Jazz Band provides music to this free public event. Please join us in welcoming these DARE students at their high-energy graduation celebration!


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