Burton Elementary School hosted a special ceremony on Monday, Feb. 11 to recognize all fifth grade students for successfully completing the ten-week D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. The classroom lessons were led by members of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office and emphasized the importance of making safe and responsible choices to live lives that are productive and free from substance abuse and violence. Participating students were recognized individually and given a certificate to commemorate their completion of the program. Winners of the D.A.R.E. essay competition were recognized as well and given the opportunity to read aloud their short essays to teachers, students and parents in attendance. Thank you to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office for supporting our students and congratulations to the fifth graders at Burton Elementary for demonstrating a commitment to living a drug-free lifestyle.