The 5th and 6th grade students went through the D.A.R.E. program with Lt. Tim Williams over the last semester. Lt. Williams has been the local D.A.R.E. officer for Michiana since 2002. This was his 207th D.A.R.E. graduation. During the graduation, Lt. Williams gave parents an overview about what the students had learned over the last few weeks. He talked about asking the students to find their natural high, strategies to stay away from drugs alcohol tobacco and e-cigarettes. The students learned techniques to say no to bullies online and in real life. Lt. Williams challenged the students to make high goals and to follow their dreams. Caroline Torie, reporter for WSBT, was the guest speaker, and Role Model for the students this year. She spoke about her experience as a D.A.R.E. student and the strategies she uses as an adult.
The students wrote an essay to summarize what they learned, and how they plan to use these positive strategies. There was a winner chosen from each class. The winner representing the 5th grade class is Juliet Kazmirski, and the winner representing 6th grade class is Lydia Perry. The winners read their essays to the audience, and received a trophy. All the graduates received a certificate and a T-Shirt.