May 21, 2012
-- More than 125 parents and family members gathered in the Hobe Sound Elementary auditorium on May 15 to watch and cheer as fifth grade students walked single- file into the auditorium to music and wearing black and white DARE tee shirts. For the past two years, Attorney Lauri J. Goldstein of Goldstein, Schmitt and Wade, PL has underwritten the expense of the tee shirts for Pinewood, Seawind, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach Elementary Schools.
Jennifer Maier represented the law firm and congratulated the students on their success and urged them to remember everything they learned as they went on to middle school.
The Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) program is an 11-week course that is taught in 10 Martin County public schools with by specially trained Martin County School resource Officers. Approximately 1500 students graduated from the DARE program each year.
To complete their training each student must write an essay on what they have learned about drug and alcohol abuse and how harmful it is. One winner from each class was selected.
The winners were Dominick Cariani, Cassidy Bailes, Camp Gobler, Alexis James and Dalton Gentile. For the first time, there was a tie for the overall winning essay and Cameron Clark and Brianna Creswell were both selected as the overall winners.
Gathered on stage to greet each student as they received their certificate of completion were Deputy Martha Williams, DARE officer, Principal Joan Gibbons, Vice Principal Willie Gore, Superintendent Nancy Kline and School Board member Laurie Gaylord,