The entire fifth grade at Kimball Elementary School completed their nine-week D.A.R.E. program with Stearns County Deputy Sheriff Gina Feldewerd (far left). Their graduation ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20, in the KES gym. Each student was required to write an essay on what the D.A.R.E. program meant to them, and four students were selected to read their essays during the ceremony Wednesday; below are those four students with Deputy Feldewerd (in back) Oliver Straley and Amanda Curtis, (in front) Zack Holtz and Madison Streit. Each student received a certificate of completion, and those who read their essays received a D.A.R.E. mascot stuffed animal. This was Deputy Feldewerd’s fourth and last year in the D.A.R.E. program. (D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and their goal is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug- and violence-free lives. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.