On March 28th, Immanuel Lutheran School 5th grade students attended a graduation ceremony after having successfully completed the D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E. essay contest winners were Jacob Pinter (1st place), Josie Emmons (2nd place), and Cadence Huey (3rd place). D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a course of instruction provided by the Bartlett Police Department consisting of 10 weeks of training in 45 minute segments. This program encompasses everything that our young people deal with, from resisting the daily peer pressure to participating in drug, cigarette, and alcohol use to resisting gangs and their attempts to lure them or threaten them. The students are taught candidly the dangers of these risk taking behaviors and ways to avoid them. Congratulations to all of our ILS 5th grade students on completing the D.A.R.E. program!