D.A.R.E. America » News http://www.dare.org Empowering Children to Lead Safe and Healthy Lives Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:54:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 D.A.R.E. America Awarded National Council on Patient Information in Education OTC Literacy Grant http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-america-awarded-national-council-on-patient-information-in-education-otc-literacy-grant/ http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-america-awarded-national-council-on-patient-information-in-education-otc-literacy-grant/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:23:52 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16166 A meeting, in Washington, D.C., of entities concerned with over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse and abuse was convened by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The stakeholders’ forum – Promoting OTC Literacy Beyond the Classroom – was convened to achieve the following objectives: Create awareness for the McNeil/Scholastic/American Association of Poison Control Centers(AAPCC) […]

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A meeting, in Washington, D.C., of entities concerned with over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse and abuse was convened by the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE). The stakeholders’ forum – Promoting OTC Literacy Beyond the Classroom – was convened to achieve the following objectives:

  • Create awareness for the McNeil/Scholastic/American Association of Poison Control Centers(AAPCC) OTC Literacy educational program and models of programs that are addressing OTC literacy among forum participants, including the research behind its development, component pieces and their intended use in the classroom and at home; and assessment(s) to date.
  • Advance the dialogue among non-classroom-based school and community-based youth service provider organizations about the availability and use of the OTC Literacy program at the local, state, and national levels through their unique spheres of influence and programming.

Approximately 30 organizations representing public and youth service organizations (American Association of Poison Control Centers, Boy & Girl Scouts of America, CADCA, D.A.R.E., 4H, NAACP, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Ohio State University), government agencies (FDA, SAMSHA, NIDA), NCPIE members and partners that are involved in supporting public health and safety and interested in promoting OTC Literacy participated the forum. Support for the forum was provided through an unrestricted educational grant from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, a member of the NCPIE coalition. As a follow up to the Forum, NCPIE will prepare an Online Guide for Organizing, Promoting, Conducting and Assessing an OTC Literacy Program in your Community.

During the meeting it was announced that NCPIE would award up to five grants of $10,000 each to select nonprofit stakeholders’ forum participants. The grants would be awarded based upon proposals submitted after the forum. Criteria for applying for these grants included: demonstrated capability to conduct a customized/branded OTC Literacy outreach campaign, description of campaign goals and objectives; identification of a campaign target audience(s) and methodologies for reaching each target audience; OTC Literacy program media plan (including traditional and social media strategies); and OTC Literacy program impact/assessment plan.

D.A.R.E. America was selected by NCPIE for award of an OTC Literacy grant.

NCPIE – For additional information about MCPIE visit http://www.ncpie.org/

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West Deptford drug recovery group offers free help to addicts, families http://www.dare.org/west-deptford-drug-recovery-group-offers-free-help-to-addicts-families/ http://www.dare.org/west-deptford-drug-recovery-group-offers-free-help-to-addicts-families/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:26:57 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16144 Right: A flier for “The Meeting” that was handed out at Woodbury’s Fall Festival Parade earlier in October. (Greg Adomaitis | South Jersey Times). From www.nj.com. WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Wearing a tucked-in button-up shirt, dress slacks and shoes, 25-year-old Greg Maurer slides into a booth at the Colonial Diner in Woodbury and lays it all out. […]

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Right: A flier for “The Meeting” that was handed out at Woodbury’s Fall Festival Parade earlier in October. (Greg Adomaitis | South Jersey Times).

From www.nj.com.

WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — Wearing a tucked-in button-up shirt, dress slacks and shoes, 25-year-old Greg Maurer slides into a booth at the Colonial Diner in Woodbury and lays it all out.

“From jail to Yale,” he says, drug addiction knows no bounds. Maurer should know — he’s a recovering addict with an admittedly rough past.

It’s that first-hand struggle, however, that has allowed him and a handful of outreach professionals to launch “The Meeting” in West Deptford.

Held for the first time last Saturday and drawing 27 guests, the free service at The Lords Vineyard Church gives those with nowhere to turn a route for getting clean, a route that will even lead to a rehab facility in Florida for some.

Maurer is a a nationally-certified drug/alcohol interventionist, but he’s just one cog in the wheel.

Also on board is John Pilla, who has 23 years in addiction services and is a Certified Drug/Alcohol Counselor. So is Pastor Neil T. Murphy, who through personal experience working with troubled individuals, is “driven to pull back the curtain on addiction,” Maurer said of tackling stigma.

Others involved include Frank Smith, who has been working with public school students through the D.A.R.E. program for years; Colleen Howard, whose son died of an overdose and now works to educate parents and console those who have lost someone; and Barbara Smith, who shares a message of hope that shows recovery is possible.

The meetings go beyond a resource and support group; they target addicts as well as their families who are trying to understand where to draw the line between helping and enabling, Maurer said.

“It’s a meeting that’s here for the family. It also bridges the gap between the struggling individual and their families,” he added.

The group has teamed up with professionals in the field of addiction with resources that include detox, treatment and outpatient programs; sober living; addiction counseling services; anonymous fellowships and more.

“We have every step of the process in our pockets,” he said.

Neon yellow fliers for the Oct. 11 meeting were passed out at Woodbury’s Fall Festival Parade, Maurer said. Bluntly stating, “You are not alone. You can’t make it on your own,” the flier goes on to read that support for families of suffering addicts is offered.

“We encourage you to bring your struggling addicts,” he said. “My job is to build hope in somebody.”

Maurer knows the struggle.

“I was at the end up my rope,” he said of personal struggles where the need to score and search for cash spiraled out of control. “Steal a car, rob a house, get to Camden, or overdose and die …  You can be on a bus for 10 minutes and you’re in an open-air drug market,” he said, pointing north along Broad Street toward Camden.

That is the gritty reality of someone doing what it takes to feed a drug addiction. Maurer broke free and now wants to help others ready to take the first of 12 steps, he said.

Treatment and rehab facilities aren’t the cure-all; they’re the beginning of a long recovery, he said. A 12-step program is where the solution is at, he said.

What’s more, organizers hope to send a struggling individual to Believe Treatment Center, in Palm Beach, Florida through a scholarship valued at $25,000 once every two months.

“It’s an honor to be in a position to lend a hand when needed,” said center Owner Anthony Lucca.

The selected individual will only be responsible for airfare and if they can’t afford a plane ticket, Addiction Frontline, a secondary sponsor, will donate airfare.

“I want to stop and actually try and change the outcome of a situation,” Maurer said.

The group meets every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at The Lords Vineyard Church, 301 Colonial Dr., in West Deptford.

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Crime Task Force curbs drug trade http://www.dare.org/crime-task-force-curbs-drug-trade/ http://www.dare.org/crime-task-force-curbs-drug-trade/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:16:54 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16141 Sheriff credits multiple prong approach. Deputy Joe Carl and K9 unit Riley are members of the Hardin County Sheriffs Department canine unit which works very closely with the task force. From The Ada Herald Media. HARDIN COUNTY — On Oct. 7, the Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted three traffic stops in Washington Township. As […]

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Sheriff credits multiple prong approach.

Deputy Joe Carl and K9 unit Riley are members of the Hardin County Sheriffs Department canine unit which works very closely with the task force.

From The Ada Herald Media.

HARDIN COUNTY — On Oct. 7, the Hardin County Crime Task Force conducted three traffic stops in Washington Township. As a result of the traffic stops, Kim Gibson was arrested and three other persons have charges pending, one female and two males. One male is facing charges for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another male was arrested for possession of drugs. With the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit and Osborn’s Towing, the Task Force seized two vehicles, heroin, pills, marijuana, cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia.

The arrest and pending charges are the result of an ongoing investigation by the Crime Task Force.  It is beneficial to the county to have a task force, because those working it are able to focus mainly on drugs and serious crimes.  They have a more flexible schedule that supports ongoing investigation cases such as this one.

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart feels that the drug problem has to be fought with a multiple prong approach.  He is confident in his task force, street patrol, K9 team and the drug recovery program.  In addition, a new method of prevention will soon be in place.  Deputy Chrissy Jones recently graduated D.A.R.E. training school. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is designed to be a fun and educational tool to help teach students how to say no to drugs.

All schools in Hardin County are on board with the implementation of D.A.R.E. programs in the schools.  Deputy Jones already works with schools, talking with kids about saying no to drugs but the Sheriff looks forward to having an official D.A.R.E. Deputy.  Since joining the department in 1993, there has never been a D.A.R.E. program in Hardin County. Therefore, it has been a goal of Sheriff Everhart’s.

 

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Yorktown’s Murphy Unveils Seven Point Plan To Fight Heroin http://www.dare.org/yorktowns-murphy-unveils-seven-point-plan-to-fight-heroin/ http://www.dare.org/yorktowns-murphy-unveils-seven-point-plan-to-fight-heroin/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:02:28 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16119 From The Daily Voice. YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Dr. Terrence Murphy recently unveiled his plan for addressing the Hudson Valley’s growing heroin crisis. Murphy’s plan includes: Sponsoring legislation to require insurance companies to cover drug treatment and rehab up to 90 days. Using drug seizure proceeds to provide funding for Naloxone, a potentially life-saving overdose […]

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From The Daily Voice.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Dr. Terrence Murphy recently unveiled his plan for addressing the Hudson Valley’s growing heroin crisis.

Murphy’s plan includes:

  • Sponsoring legislation to require insurance companies to cover drug treatment and rehab up to 90 days.
    Using drug seizure proceeds to provide funding for Naloxone, a potentially life-saving overdose treatment, to all first responders.
  • Restoring the Gap Elimination Adjustment school aid cuts made by Senate Democrats in 2010 to increase state funding for school resource officers (Police SROs) and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) in all area schools to help with prevention.
  • Forming a joint federal-interstate-local, inter-agency law enforcement counter-narcotics proliferation task force and removing legal barriers to data sharing.
  • Creating a state grant program for local narcotics units to provide stepped up enforcement against drug distributors.
  • Increasing penalties for major narcotics traffickers.
  • Restoring funding cuts enacted by Senate Democrats to the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to fund peer recovery advocates, addiction services and treatment programs.

“We need a multi-faceted approach that provides law enforcement officials, our mental hygiene and substance abuse professionals and our first responders with the tools they need to save lives,” Murphy said in a statement. “Counter-drug efforts are not just about enforcement. They are about treating addiction and we need to step our efforts on prevention as well on recovery so our kids won’t get hooked. Instead of worrying about picking our state snack, Albany needs to be focused on winning the war on heroin. I’m prepared to bring that focus.”

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Three Officers Earn D.A.R.E. Instructor Certification http://www.dare.org/three-officers-earn-dare-instructor-certification/ http://www.dare.org/three-officers-earn-dare-instructor-certification/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:48:01 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16114 Pictured from left to right, Lt. Stephen Salvas congratulates PFCs John Foster, Tiffany Smith, and Kurt Burger, who recently became certified as DARE instructors. From the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the graduation of three school resource officers from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) training held […]

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Pictured from left to right, Lt. Stephen Salvas congratulates PFCs John Foster, Tiffany Smith, and Kurt Burger, who recently became certified as DARE instructors.

From the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the graduation of three school resource officers from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) training held Sept. 21 – Oct. 3 at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville. PFC John Foster, PFC Tiffany Smith and PFC Kurt Burger were among 20 officers from across the region to complete the two-week, 80 hour certification course to become some of the nation’s newest DARE instructors.

DARE is a community based, nation-wide program which links law enforcement, schools and parents in a partnership to educate children about the dangers of drugs. The class is taught by police officers who present information to children in a classroom environment, providing skills on how to resist drugs and how to build resiliency to staying away from drugs. In addition, some of the other lessons discussed under the DARE program include bullying, gangs, internet safety, cyber-bullying, and prescription drug abuse. DARE instructors are certified to deliver programs at the K-4, elementary and middle school level.

In Charles County, a school resource officer is assigned to every high school and middle school on a full-time basis. These officers are also responsible for interacting with students at elementary schools. School resource officers strive to establish positive connections with students. They provide safety, teach classes, coordinate after- school activities and serve as mentors.

With the graduation of these officers, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has a total of 18 officers qualified to teach the DARE curriculum. For more information about the CCSO school resource officers, visit http://www.ccso.us/school-resource-section/.

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New drug breakthrough: a (conditionally) federally legal alternative to medical marijuana http://www.dare.org/new-drug-breakthrough-a-conditionally-federally-legal-alternative-to-medical-marijuana/ http://www.dare.org/new-drug-breakthrough-a-conditionally-federally-legal-alternative-to-medical-marijuana/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:32:57 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16091 Synthetically produced pharmaceutical drug and supplement will be less expensive, legal under federal law, and can combined in custom amounts to treat specific ailments. From Yahoo! Finance. MURRIETA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — With the legalization of medical marijuana (cannabis) in an increasing number of states, there is a movement afoot to provide the […]

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Synthetically produced pharmaceutical drug and supplement will be less expensive, legal under federal law, and can combined in custom amounts to treat specific ailments.

From Yahoo! Finance.

MURRIETA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — With the legalization of medical marijuana (cannabis) in an increasing number of states, there is a movement afoot to provide the benefits of marijuana as a synthetically produced drug.
There are two similar products on the market: the generic drug Dronabinol (known by the brand name Marinol), and Cannabidiol, also known as CBD. Currently, Dronabinol is only available through pharmacies. No synthetic versions of CBD are available on the market.

Robert Clark of Murrieta, Calif., has developed better versions of these products, both of which will be produced and distributed through his startup company, TD9 Pharmaceuticals.

“There are two different ‘cannabinoid’ receptors in the body,” explained Clark. “Dronabinol activates the first receptor, which is responsible for the ‘mind-altering’ effects of cannabis. CBD activates the second receptor, which is responsible for the ‘body’ effects. Dronabinol is the most potent preparation of THC possible, and is unobtainable through plant extraction alone.”

“Patients can create custom combinations of CBD and Dronabinol in order to treat specific ailments. It’s not a one-size-fits-all treatment. And by synthetically producing our products, we can obtain levels of purity and dose precision that are impossible through plant extraction. Our products are also totally odorless, as the chemicals that produce the smells of cannabis are not present in them.”

Synthetic versions of medical marijuana enable it to be administered in several different ways, such as inhalers, vaporizer pen tinctures, and extended-release tablets. Dronabinol has never been sold in any form other than a capsule.

Clark will be offering the TD9 product line at a lower price than equivalent products on the market, while providing a greater range of use and effect than either Dronabinol or CBD alone.

All production and distribution of TD9 products will fully comply with state and federal laws. Dronabinol, when combined with sesame oil and contained in a gelatin capsule, is a Schedule III drug, meaning it can be legally produced with proper licensing. CBD is unscheduled.

“Dronabinol can only be legally produced as a sesame-seed oil mixture contained in a capsule,”  explains Clark, “however, how that product is transformed after distribution is a different situation entirely.” “Federal law also doesn’t explicitly define the proportion of sesame oil and Dronabinol required for legality, so take that as you will,” Clark adds.

That being said, production and distribution of these products is a complex and expensive process. To generate start-up capital, he has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/td9-pharmaceuticals.

Contributions will be used for legal fees, chemicals, laboratory equipment, distribution, and property zoning as well as the hiring of a pharmaceutical chemist.

Donations of any amount are welcome. For $100, backers will receive recognition on the soon-to-be-launched TD9 website (www.td9pharma.com).

Clark is targeting his educational and publicity efforts toward medical-cannabis patients, who are looking for a pharmaceutical alternative. “The benefits are pretty obvious,” he said. “It will cost less, allow patients to customize the effect of their medicine, and it can be administered in new and different ways. TD9 is going to be an excellent alternative for those who use medical marijuana.”

After distribution begins, TD9 products will be available from any participating medical cannabis dispensary. Dispensaries may choose to stock only some of these products, and not the entire line. TD9 Pharmaceuticals will only distribute products to dispensaries and pharmacies, not directly to patients. “We will have no control over prices they charge,” said Clark.

For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/td9-pharmaceuticals or the TD9 Facebook page, www.facebook.com/td9pharm.

Clark can be reached directly at td9pharma@gmail.com.

Media Contact: Robert Clark, TD9 Pharmaceuticals, 425-296-7976, td9pharma@gmail.com

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Gull Lake North Citizens on Patrol make donation to D.A.R.E. program http://www.dare.org/gull-lake-north-citizens-on-patrol-make-donation-to-dare-program/ http://www.dare.org/gull-lake-north-citizens-on-patrol-make-donation-to-dare-program/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 03:06:52 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16051 Dolores Green, president of Gull Lake North Citizens on Patrol presents a $500 cheque to Rimbey Const. Larissa Shadforth while Sgt. Mark Groves and Const. Carman Dutz look on. The cheque presentation was made during GLNCOP’s annual general meeting held at the Rimbey Legion. The money is to go to Rimbey RCMP’s D.A.R.E. program. Click […]

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Dolores Green, president of Gull Lake North Citizens on Patrol presents a $500 cheque to Rimbey Const. Larissa Shadforth while Sgt. Mark Groves and Const. Carman Dutz look on. The cheque presentation was made during GLNCOP’s annual general meeting held at the Rimbey Legion. The money is to go to Rimbey RCMP’s D.A.R.E. program. Click the image to view the full photo.

From rimbeyreview.com.

Gull Lake North Citizens On Patrol (GLNCOP) is a group of volunteers who have been specially trained to serve as the eyes and ears for the Rimbey RCMP in the Gull Lake North area.  Formed in 2002, our members work in pairs to actively patrol our lake neighbourhoods in our own vehicles, and notify the Rimbey RCMP should we spot any suspicious activity.  While our focus is on the lake neighbourhoods of Sunnyside, Poulsen’s Pasture, Poulsen’s Estates, Parkland Beach, Birch Bay, Birch Meadows, Westlake Estates and Twin Creek Acres, it should be noted that we have on occasion assisted the RCMP with activities in the town of Rimbey as well.

GLNCOP is a non-profit organization, and while we do occasionally receive private donations, our operating expenses are covered through one major yearly fundraising event.  We accept donations of items from people in the areas we patrol as well folks from all around the lake and Rimbey, and then sell everything at a massive garage sale held each spring at Johnson’s Farm.  The support and popularity of this event has been steadily growing, and this year’s sale proved to be our best ever.

Through GLNCOP’s ongoing liaison with the RCMP, we have become aware of Rimbey and area’s growing problems with drugs along with the rise in various crimes directly related to this issue.  The Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program has been conducted by the Rimbey RCMP for many years in Rimbey schools.  This program focuses on educating young students about what drugs are, what they look like and their effects.  It further provides an opportunity for RCMP officers to interact directly with students in their own school classrooms.

Our group’s mandate encourages support of programs and initiatives conducted by our local police authority that develop awareness of crime and crime prevention.  This year’s GLNCOP donation of $500 to the DARE program follows an initial similar donation made in 2010.

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D.A.R.E. partnership continues: Local dealer donates another new vehicle http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-partnership-continues/ http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-partnership-continues/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:47:35 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16032 Fred Martin President Adam Huff, interim Police Chief John Dalessandro and dealership General Manager Tom Dunn show off the new D.A.R.E. truck the company donated Oct. 6. From The Post Newspapers. NORTON – For the sixth time in a decade, the Fred Martin Superstore on Barber Road signed over a brand new vehicle Oct. 6 […]

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Fred Martin President Adam Huff, interim Police Chief John Dalessandro and dealership General Manager Tom Dunn show off the new D.A.R.E. truck the company donated Oct. 6.

From The Post Newspapers.

NORTON – For the sixth time in a decade, the Fred Martin Superstore on Barber Road signed over a brand new vehicle Oct. 6 to be used by the police department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

Fred Martin President Adam Huff said he remembered the department’s first D.A.R.E. vehicle.

“It was because the vehicle they were using wouldn’t run,” Huff said. “They had to jump it. Why would a kid want to be a cop when they couldn’t even start the car?”

Norton didn’t have a formal D.A.R.E. program at the time and the vehicle they were using had been seized in a robbery.

Huff said he and then-Police Chief Greg Carris came to an arrangement. The police department would provide the manpower and Fred Martin the vehicle for a full-fledged D.A.R.E. program. In a bit of symmetry, current interim Chief John Dalessandro, who retrieved the new 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck, was chosen as the department’s first D.A.R.E. officer. Detective Larry Lane fills the role currently.

“I’m extremely pleased at the support Fred Martin has given to our D.A.R.E. program,” Dalessandro said.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” company treasurer Duane Huff said. “We want to help keep our children off drugs.”

Fred Martin donates a vehicle every year, which replaces one given two years previously, putting each one on a two-year rotation. This truck replaces the D.A.R.E. truck already in use. The D.A.R.E. Jeep Wrangler will be up next.

“We’ll also use it every day for patrol operations,” Dalessandro said. “We always make it a fully functional cruiser to complement our fleet.”

 

 

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Learn more about the local D.A.R.E. program at Connect, Commit 2014 http://www.dare.org/learn-more-about-the-local-d-a-r-e-program-at-connect-commit-2014/ http://www.dare.org/learn-more-about-the-local-d-a-r-e-program-at-connect-commit-2014/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:05:51 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16029 The D.A.R.E. program at Connect, Commit to Change 2013 / STAR FILE PHOTO. From shelbystar.com. Are you looking for ways to make your community a better place to live? Join The Star on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelby City Park gym for the 5th annual Connect, Commit to […]

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The D.A.R.E. program at Connect, Commit to Change 2013 / STAR FILE PHOTO.

From shelbystar.com.

Are you looking for ways to make your community a better place to live?

Join The Star on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelby City Park gym for the 5th annual Connect, Commit to Change.

This partnership between The Star and the community seeks to pair willing volunteers with the dozens of helping agencies that serve children and families in our area.

You could sign up to become a lunch buddy or mentor. You could commit to providing a holiday meal for a hard-working family, a cap and gown for a high school senior in DSS care or ring the Salvation Army bell for donations.

Want to have your organization involved? Contact Nicole Elmore at the United Way of Cleveland County at 704-482-7344 or email nicole.elmore@unitedway.gov.

Today’s agency

D.A.R.E. Program, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department

What does your organization or group offer to the community? The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program curriculum is designed to be taught by officers whose training and experience have prepared them to teach students good decision-making skills to help them to lead safe and healthy lives.

The Sheriff’s Office provides the D.A.R.E. curriculum to 7 of the 16 elementary schools in Cleveland County. Approximately 800 students each school semester complete this 10-week program. After completing the program, students participate in a special Culmination Program. This gives the essay winners from each school an opportunity to present their essays to fellow students and their parents. The program closes with a Semi-Annual D.A.R.E. Dance. The D.A.R.E. program provides students with alternatives to using drugs or resorting to violence as a means to handle difficult problems.

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D.A.R.E. chili cookoff back for year 23 http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-chili-cookoff-back-for-year-23/ http://www.dare.org/d-a-r-e-chili-cookoff-back-for-year-23/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:57:55 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16026 Onalaska Police Department administrative manager Pamela Sharp, DARE officer Leah Myers and fire department secretary Stacy Hoeft, from left, served up chili at last year’s DARE/GREAT chili cookoff. They’re back this year with two kinds of chili, one mild, one devilishly hot. From Coulee News. Chili lovers are invited to sample the recipes of area […]

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Onalaska Police Department administrative manager Pamela Sharp, DARE officer Leah Myers and fire department secretary Stacy Hoeft, from left, served up chili at last year’s DARE/GREAT chili cookoff. They’re back this year with two kinds of chili, one mild, one devilishly hot.

From Coulee News.

Chili lovers are invited to sample the recipes of area chefs competing at the 23rd annual chili cookoff to benefit area DARE and GREAT programs. Sponsored by State Bank Financial, this year’s cookoff will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in La Crosse’s Riverside Park.

The event’s proceeds support area youth through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.

Admission is $5, which allows attendees to sample all the chili they want. Samplers can then vote for their favorite chili recipe and choose a celebrity judge by selecting a “Chef’s Choice” entry.

The Onalaska Police Department will have two entries again in this year’s competition. The contenders will be Onalaska DARE officer Leah Myers and OPD administrative manager Pam Sharp.

“We feature two types of chili,” said Myers, “and our theme is ‘A Little Taste of Heaven and a Little Bite from Hell.’ I make a mild chicken chili while our administrative manager makes something so spicy I’m always surprised when her pot doesn’t melt. She swears she is going to tone it down this year to appeal to a broader audience. I have my doubts about that; she says that every year, and it keeps getting hotter.”

Adding to the festive atmosphere, the Onalaska police representatives will be clad in costumes.

“It’s a great family event,” said Myers, “I’m encouraging all my DARE students to come. It’s the only chance they will get to see me attired in angel wings and our administrator in devil horns, although in her case, they are always implied.”

The Onalaska School District also is back with an entry for this year’s cookoff.

The first 250 people to buy tickets at the cookoff will get a State Bank coin purse with 50 pennies for voting. Along with the chili sampling and judging, a silent auction will be held with items contributed by local businesses, a chili pepper eating contest, music, kids’ games, entertainment and more.

In addition to the cookoff, the 19th annual Historic Downtown Day is going on in nearby downtown La Crosse, offering music, kids’ games and entertainment.

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