T.J. Harris 5th Graders Graduate DARE

T.J. Harris Elementary held its DARE graduation ceremony Wednesday.

Fifth graders received certificates for completing the program.

DARE, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is a 10-week program that teaches students about drug awareness as well as ways to be productive citizens in society.

Officer Lee Wilson has been with this group of children since they were in kindergarten. He says the program works.

"How I know that it sticks with the kids that they grow older is that I've been doing this for about 19 years now," said Wilson. "And there are kids that have kids of their own that are going to school and I'm teaching their kids and they say they are still drug-free."

Four students were presented with medals for writing essays on what it means to them to be drug-free.