DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - Graduation came early for some 5th graders Tuesday afternoon, not from school, but from the D.A.R.E. program.
At Central Elementary, 167 students graduated from the program The focus at graduation was about decision making and how the choices the students make today will follow them forever.
Laura Wibbenmeyer and the newly crowned Mrs. Missouri spoke with the 5th graders during the afternoon.
D.A.R.E. officer Lori O'Dell says the Dexter program is one of the few program that didn't get cut due to budget issues.
In fact, O'Dell says this is one of the only two programs in Stoddard County.
The kids performed songs and dances during the graduation, while family and community members cheered on the graduates in their choice to be drug free.