On Thursday, November 11, East Meadows 5th graders became D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduates. Officer Chris Sherriff welcomed family and friends as he commended the 5th graders for completing their 10-week educational training. In order to receive their graduation certificates, students participated in class discussions and activities, learned songs, and wrote thoughtful essays on why it is important to stay away from drugs and other harmful substances. Students liked trying out the officer’s handcuffs but admitted they would never want to be in a situation where they had to wear them. Principal Dwight Liddiard commented that the school is lucky to have a full-time officer spend time working with and teaching students. He also reminded the students that life is about making choices and they should look to the right people when making those choices.