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Elmwood fifth graders received their certificates for completing the D.A.R.E. program at their D.A.R.E. Graduation on Jan. 9, 2018. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 10
Magnus Lukic, a fifth grader at Plum City Elementary, shakes D.A.R.E. Officer Steve Albarado's hand as Lukic received the D.A.R.E. Leadership Award at the Plum City DARE Graduation on Jan. 10. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 10
Maddie Matthys, Spring Valley High School student and National D.A.R.E. Youth Advisor spoke at recent D.A.R.E. graduations. D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a national program helping youth make the right decisions when it comes to drug, alcohol, peer pressure and violence. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 10
Plum City fifth graders had their DARE Graduation Jan. 10, 2018, at the Plum City Elementary School. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 10
D.A.R.E. Officer Steve Albarado spoke at the recent D.A.R.E gradations at Elmwood, Plum City and Prescott. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 10
(From left): Isabella Stein (Spring Valley fifth grader), Lyndsey Stark (Spring Valley fifth grader), and Hailey Webb (Elmwood fifth grader) were presented with Leadership Awards for their roles in their local D.A.R.E. programs. For more D.A.R.E. photos, turn to page A10. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 10
Samuel Miller was the winner of the D.A.R.E. essay for Ms. Larson's fifth grade class from Spring Valley. Miller read his essay at the D.A.R.E. graduation Jan. 9, 2018. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 10
Spring Valley fifth graders completed their D.A.R.E program and celebrated with friends and family at a combined D.A.R.E Graduation at Elmwood Elementary School on Jan. 9, 2018. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 10
Alyse Hanson read her D.A.R.E essay at the Plum City D.A.R.E. Graduation on Jan. 10, 2018. Hanson was selected as having the best essay in the Plum City D.A.R.E. Program this year. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 10

Spring Valley, Elmwood, and Plum City fifth graders celebrated their fifth grade D.A.R.E. graduations last week.