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La Crosse, Wis. – (WXOW) – Students at Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori celebrated success with their D.A.R.E. graduation. The ceremony had 82 students who completed the program. Parents, family, teachers and classmates were all on hand to share in the event. Several students read their essays on what D.A.R.E. meant to them and what they learned over the course of the classes.

“One thing we stress in the program along with decision making is to not be afraid to ask for help. We saw today by all of the support from the parents, the community members that were here. There’s a lot of support for them and we hope that if they do run into trouble, they’re never afraid to come ask us for help, because we’re here,” said Kurt Weaver, Special Operations Officer.

From WXOW