PADUCAH, Ky. (News First) — In a heartening ceremony today, Paducah Middle School bid farewell to 84 students who successfully completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, marking a significant milestone in their journey toward making informed and responsible life choices.

The D.A.R.E. program, spanning over 10 weeks of intensive instruction, has been instrumental in equipping students with essential decision-making skills while imparting strategies to navigate scenarios involving drugs, alcohol, bullying, and other precarious situations. Recognizing the imperative of instilling proactive measures early on, the curriculum extends its reach to kindergarten through 4th-grade students, offering supplemental lessons on personal safety and conflict resolution.

Amidst an atmosphere of jubilation and camaraderie, the graduating students were bestowed with certificates acknowledging their dedication and accomplishment. Additionally, they were presented with commemorative t-shirts as tangible symbols of their commitment to leading drug-free lives and promoting a culture of responsibility within their community.

To celebrate their achievements, the graduates were treated to a delectable feast comprising pizza and ice-cold sodas, a gesture emblematic of the school’s pride in their accomplishments and unwavering support for their future endeavors.

We celebrate not just the culmination of a program, but the beginning of a journey towards responsible citizenship and unwavering integrity. These students have exhibited exceptional dedication, and it’s our privilege to witness their growth and success.