First Middle School DARE Graduation

DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and students from Swift Creek Middle School in Tallahassee say it's changing their lives.

The special in-school program challenges children to say no to drugs and make life saving decisions.

Before September, the DARE class was for elementary school students only, but now includes middle schoolers too.

Friday the very first middle school students graduated from the program.

DEP Mike Peters, Swift Creek Middle School Resource Officer, said, "They really got into it, and this graduation was well deserved."

Blair Crumpler, a student, added, "It teaches us about drugs and alcohol and why not to do it. It's really important stuff we need to learn, I think."

The DARE program is financed with federal funds and money raised by local PTAs.