LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Students from elementary schools across Angelina County are graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. program.
Kids from Slack, Brandon, Coston, and Temple Elementary were recognized at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin.
During a 17-week program, a police officer educates them on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and teaches them how to say "no."
One student said the program is important to his plans of becoming a running back in the NFL.
"Football is important to me and smoking is not because it will mess up your tonsils and insides and stuff because you want to play sports so I can go to the pros," said Temple Elementary fifth grader Fraizon Scott.
Scott said he knows drugs will just slow him down and he's hoping to play for the Patriots one day.
A new group of fifth graders is set to start the program soon.