Our community is meeting the challenge to keep kids off drugs. 5th grade students from across Etowah County graduated from the sheriff’s office D.A.R.E. Program this week. We were there as participants from Glencoe Middle School celebrated the completion of the educational program today.D.A.R.E. teaches students to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors. It also encourages them to create a world in which students everywhere are empowered. Students were addressed by Sheriff Todd Entrekin, Sergeant Lanny Handy, District and Circuit Judges and Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby. Each student earned a D.A.R.E. diploma. Each semester students write an essay explaining what D.A.R.E. means to them. A panel of judges reads each essay and winners are chosen from each school. Etowah County’s D.A.R.E. Program is funded by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney and Etowah County Commission.