POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 3:15pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — Today, nearly two-thousand students graduated from the D.A.R.E. program at Southern University's activity center.
Fifth-grader Cassandra Jacobs feels good about her choice to be drug-free.
"To stay drug-free is good because it can effect your body," Jacobs said.
Future Southern graduate and guest speaker Aaron Miller sat in these same seats 13 years ago.
"It changed my life," Miller said. "It really gave me that foundation that I needed to be successful and work toward being successful."
For D.A.R.E. Officer Scott Shavers, his biggest motivation is helping to mold children and keep them on the right path.
"Letting them know that there are decisions out there they can make that will definitely make them a success," Shavers said.
Shavers also said this is not just his job, it's his family.
"But week after week after week of being with the same kids all semester, you just gain a repport with the kids, and you're pretty much a family with the kids," Shavers said.
Over the years, the D.A.R.E. program has grown from just alcohol and drug eduation. Now, they are talking with children about bullying.