The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program has returned to the North Tonawanda School District, and the first class of fifth-graders will graduate at 1 p.m. today at Meadow Elementary School.

The class will be escorted in by the sheriff’s honor guard and will be honored by Sheriff James Voutour, North Tonawanda Police Chief Randy Szukala, Mayor Robert Ortt and County Legislator Paul B. Wojtaszek, R-North Tonawanda.

The Sheriff’s Office and North Tonawanda school officials worked together to return DARE to the school after several years without a program. The class was taught by Deputy Scott Gebhardt, who taught this first class of DARE students.