On Wednesday evening, February 12, fifth graders from Mill Creek Upper Elementary took part in DARE(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation after completing a multi-week program taught by the Belton Police Department. The program is designed to teach students good decision-making skills in order to help them lead safe and healthy lives. They also learn the dangers and long-lasting effects of using illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. The DARE curriculum requires each student to write an essay describing what has been learned from the program. Each DARE officer then selected two essays to be read aloud during the graduation ceremony; the winning essays were written and read by Abby Elkins, Kimberly Cueras, Genna Freiner, Preston Mayes, Avery Henry and Kelsey Meyers. Each fifth grader was then presented with a certificate for completing of the DARE program. The graduation ceremony also included a surprise from special guest speaker and Belton High School alum, Tate Stevens. Tate shared the importance of goal setting while staying true to themselves and their goals. He also encouraged the students to surround themselves with friends who would support those goals and encouraged them to separate themselves from friends who were not making positive choices. Tate then shook the hands of the student as they crossed the stage and stayed around after the ceremony for autographs.