The Macon East 5th grade class recently completed their first semester D.A.R.E. course led each year by Corporal Kofee Anderson. Launched in 1983, D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive K-12 education program taught in thousands of schools in America and 52 other countries. D.A.R.E. curricula address drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety, and other high risk circumstances that today are too often a part of students’ lives. D.A.R.E. envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors. At the conclusion of the course, participants each wrote an essay about what they learned and how it will impact their lives. At the awards ceremony, Kaiden Byrom and Kayce Rutland were honored for Best Essay. Anna Watson was recognized as Top Student for the course, and Corporal Anderson selected Spurlin Culpepper as Most Improved. We thank Corporal Anderson for his dedication to the Macon East students. He is truly a part of our Knight family.