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Valdosta students graduate from D.A.R.E. program

December 12, 2002

Valdosta - Hundreds of Southeast Elementary 5th graders have spent the past 16 weeks learning about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

"Drugs can ruin your life and get you in so much trouble," said Siobhan Richardson, D.A.R.E. Graduate. "No matter what people say, you don't have to do drugs to be cool."

Local law enforcement, educators, and parents proudly watched as one by one, the 5th graders receive their D.A.R.E. diplomas.

"These kids have been great, they've completed 16 weeks of classroom lecture, a workbook, and finished the program by writing an essay on taking a stand against drugs," said D.A.R.E. Instructor Thomas Welch.

Fifty Valdosta High students helped the 5th graders along their journeys. DARE role model Dominique Muchison said she wanted to help these kids resist the peer pressures she's faced. "They're not cool and there's so many other activities they can participate in and be drug free," said Muchison. "You don't have to do drugs to be popular."

Muchison said she hopes in seven years when these students are in her position, they'll choose the same path and live their lives drug free.

posted at 2:15 by ashley.harper@walb.com