D.A.R.E. America » News http://www.dare.org Empowering Children to Lead Safe and Healthy Lives Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:12:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 West Deptford police receive $30K private donation toward D.A.R.E., youth programs http://www.dare.org/west-deptford-police-receive-30k-private-donation-toward-d-a-r-e-youth-programs/ http://www.dare.org/west-deptford-police-receive-30k-private-donation-toward-d-a-r-e-youth-programs/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:20:57 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16691 Pictured from left to right are West Deptford Police Chief Samuel DiSimone III,Timeshare Legal LLC owner Christian Highlander and Cpl. John Craig, president of the West Deptford Police Athletic League. Highlander on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, donated $30,000 toward the departments youth outreach programs. (Courtesy of the West Deptford Police Department) From NJ.com. WEST DEPTFORD […]

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Pictured from left to right are West Deptford Police Chief Samuel DiSimone III,Timeshare Legal LLC owner Christian Highlander and Cpl. John Craig, president of the West Deptford Police Athletic League. Highlander on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, donated $30,000 toward the departments youth outreach programs. (Courtesy of the West Deptford Police Department)

From NJ.com.

WEST DEPTFORD TWP. — The West Deptford Police Department will have six times their normal budget for its youth outreach programs, including D.A.R.E. and its Police Athletic League (PAL), thanks to a single, $30,000 donation from a local business.

Christian Highlander, owner of Timeshare Legal LLC, located on Grove Road, wrote out the $30,000 check on Friday after meeting with West Deptford Chief Sam DiSimone and Cpl. John Craig, president of the township PAL. According to Sgt. John Chambers, Highlander reached out to the department after seeing flyer the police department had mailed to all local businesses asking for donations.

“Our PAL includes all of the ways we connect with the youth in our community, and funds the D.A.R.E program, the junior academy, the fishing trip held every year and the explorers program we plan to create here,” said Chambers on Monday. “We sent out a mass mailing to all of the businesses registered in West Deptford, in hopes of getting, at most, a couple thousand dollars in donations.

“All I can say is that we’re floored,” Chambers added. “We’ve just been overwhelmed with the support received from the community.”

According to the sergeant, the police department receives about $5,000 annually from the funds provided to West Deptford from the countywide Municipal Alliance — $4,000 specifically for D.A.R.E. and another $980 for other PAL activities. While that amount has typically been supplemented by private donations, this was the first year the department had formally sought extra funds with a formal letter to businesses.

Highlander on Monday said he was moved to donate after being “shocked” to learn about the current dearth of funding for the programs.

“I wasn’t aware there was a lack of funding — I figured all that stuff was taken care of,” he said. “I was shocked to find out that it was just $4,000 per year for all the drug awareness work that D.A.R.E. was doing, and that they were leaning on businesses for help.”

He later added: “We also donated because it’s Thanksgiving and we’re in a good mood.”

Timeshare Legal LLC, which employs about 40 people in West Deptford, helps clients cancel contracts for time share properties they no longer wish to maintain, according to Highlander.

While the business is by no means one of the larger companies in the township, Highlander said the sizable donation to the police was well within its means.

“We’ve done very well,” he said. “One of the things about not being a huge company, is that we’re family owned and don’t have to answer to shareholders.

“This was a great opportunity to give back to the community.”

Highlander’s $30,000 check is the second major contribution the township community has made toward the police department this month. Two weeks ago, police announced that members of the community had raised more than $12,000 in little more than 24 hours toward the cost of veterinary care retired K-9 Judge.

As many as 130 people donated to the online fundraiser during that time.

Earlier this year, the West Deptford police have benefitted from the donation of a newK-9 vehicle from the owners of RiverWinds Restaurant, as well as $2,000 from energy company NuStar toward the creation of the department’s junior academy and a new website courtesy of Fronza Media.

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Lewiston Police Department DARE donation http://www.dare.org/lewiston-police-department-dare-donation/ http://www.dare.org/lewiston-police-department-dare-donation/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:10:07 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16654 From wnypapers.com. Last month, the Lewiston Police Department was the recipient of a $2,000 check for its Drug Abuse Resistance Education program conducted in area schools. The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston and Modern Disposal presented the check. The LPD DARE program is funded completely by donations. Pictured, from left, are Kiwanian Todd Swartz, Lewiston Police Chief […]

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From wnypapers.com.

Last month, the Lewiston Police Department was the recipient of a $2,000 check for its Drug Abuse Resistance Education program conducted in area schools. The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston and Modern Disposal presented the check.

The LPD DARE program is funded completely by donations.

Pictured, from left, are Kiwanian Todd Swartz, Lewiston Police Chief Chris Salada, Kiwanian Martin Pauly and Kiwanian Robert Trunzo.

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Boyd middle school graduates first D.A.R.E. class http://www.dare.org/boyd-middle-school-graduates-first-d-a-r-e-class/ http://www.dare.org/boyd-middle-school-graduates-first-d-a-r-e-class/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:44:15 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16647 MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION – Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington shakes the hand of a sixth grader at the D.A.R.E. graduation Friday at Boyd Middle School. About 100 students were recognized for their completion of the program. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford. Close to 100 Boyd Middle School sixth graders graduated from the district’s first […]

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MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION – Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington shakes the hand of a sixth grader at the D.A.R.E. graduation Friday at Boyd Middle School. About 100 students were recognized for their completion of the program. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford.

Close to 100 Boyd Middle School sixth graders graduated from the district’s first D.A.R.E. program Friday morning.

From Wise County Messenger.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a national initiative started in 1983 as a way to “teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives,” according to the group’s website.

It’s a program that Boyd Police Chief Greg Arrington had wanted to bring to his community for a long time.

“I taught D.A.R.E. for 13 years, and I thought it would be a good thing to bring back to the school here,” Arrington said. “Superintendent (Ted) West and I sat down and decided that we needed to get an officer in the classroom, and we started researching things, and all roads led back to D.A.R.E.”

Arrington said the curriculum for the class had changed a lot since he last taught it, and he had to get re-certified to be an instructor.

“The last curriculum mainly focused on [drug] abstinence, like ‘Don’t do this; don’t do that,’ and the new curriculum focuses more on decision-making processes and how to apply that to any aspect of life,” Arrington said.

The decision-making process – Define, Assess, Respond, Evaluate – is something that everyone can use, whether they are deciding whether or not to do drugs or deciding to do something more benign, like choose which school they want to go to, Arrington said,

Members of the Decatur, Rhome, Boyd and Bridgeport police departments attended the ceremony, as did Wise County Sheriff David Walker, Precinct 3 Constable Doug Parr and County Judge J.D. Clark, who gave the commencement speech.

CLARK’S CHOICES – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark speaks to a group of D.A.R.E. program graduates Friday about the importance of making the right choices, with illustrations from his own life. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

CLARK’S CHOICES – Wise County Judge J.D. Clark speaks to a group of D.A.R.E. program graduates Friday about the importance of making the right choices, with illustrations from his own life. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

“One of the biggest freedoms you’ll ever have is the freedom to make your own choices,” Clark told the new D.A.R.E. graduates. “You are defined by the choices that you make.”

After the success of this year’s program, Arrington said he hopes it will continue next year.

“The teachers love it, and the kids love it, so hopefully we can do this again,” he said.

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3-time world champ Rick Wilkin still racing cars after nearly 50 years http://www.dare.org/3-time-world-champ-rick-wilkin-still-racing-cars-after-nearly-50-years/ http://www.dare.org/3-time-world-champ-rick-wilkin-still-racing-cars-after-nearly-50-years/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:17:42 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16617 For the past 23 years, Wilkin has been racing a 1991 Chevy Camero painted like a sheriff’s cruiser. It also has DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) logos on it. Not only does he race the car, but he also uses it to teach kids about the dangers of drugs. Photo: Rick Wilkin is pictured outside […]

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For the past 23 years, Wilkin has been racing a 1991 Chevy Camero painted like a sheriff’s cruiser. It also has DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) logos on it. Not only does he race the car, but he also uses it to teach kids about the dangers of drugs.

Photo: Rick Wilkin is pictured outside his body shop in Allensburg in front of his drag racing car and with the trophies he won recently in Beat The Heat competition for being the 2014 Pro Cop Winner and the 2014 Beat The Heat World Champion.

From timesgazette.com.

He caught the drag racing bug as a youngster at his parents’ restaurant in Allensburg and has never been able to shake it.

Now, after narrowly missing out a year ago, Rick Wilkin has become the first-ever three-time winner of the Beat The Heat World Championship, held most recently in Dallas, Texas.

“It goes back a long time,” the 1965 Lynchburg High School graduate said of his love of drag racing. “My mom and dad had the Double D Restaurant when I was a kid and Bill Eaglin, who had a body shop in Fayetteville, had a ‘55 Chevy. For a time it was a top of the line car, and Ervin Collins had a Chevy Coupe and others he raced – and they used to come up to the restaurant when they got done working in Fayetteville, and as a kid I always had my nose snuck in there listening to them. That got my attention, and I got into racing from that and reading Hot Rod Magazine all the time.”

When Wilkin was 13 or 14, Eaglin took him to his first drag races at the Beechmont Drag Strip, across from Lunken Airport in Cincinnati.

“I got hooked right there,” Wilkin said. “And here I am 50 years later still playin’ with toys.”

For the past 23 years, Wilkin has been racing a 1991 Chevy Camero painted like a sheriff’s cruiser. It also has DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) logos on it. Not only does he race the car, but he also uses it to teach kids about the dangers of drugs.

That’s how he got into Beat The Heat racing, along with then-sheriff and now Highland County Commissioner Tom Horst.

Beat The Heat, Inc. is a national non-profit organization comprised of police officers and firefighters who conduct educational programs using marked emergency vehicle drag cars to gain the interest of the public. Heat members develop programs and activities to serve their individual communities.

Wilkin, who has long been the owner of an auto body shop at Allensburg, said that while he’s never been a full-time law officer or firefighter, Horst made him a special deputy and they started doing drug programsfor kids. Since Horst was a member of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, he got permission from the assoication to paint Wilkin’s car black and white like a sheriff’s cruiser. Wilkin’s dragster was originally black and white, but changed, along with sheriff’s cruisers, to black and yellow several years ago.

“He had seen some of these cop cars show up at race tracks and he said, ‘Why don’t you paint this thing black and white?’” Wilkin said. “Tom, he’s the kind that’s not afraid to ask anybody for anything, and he started making phone calls. And a lot of manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon because it was something new.”

Wilkin added, “He had a lot to do with it. If it wasn’t for him, it wouldn’t be.”

Wilkin won Beat The Heat World Championships in 2000, 2011 and now 2014.

There are two divisions in Beat The Heat – Modified Cop and Pro Cop. The latter is usually the faster division and the one Wilkin competes in. At the end of the world championships each year the winners of each division square off for the world title.

Wilkin made the Pro Cop finals a year ago, and thought he was prepped to become the world champ then, but slipped a bit at the starting line and was eliminated.

He said he went to Dallas this year “intending to be the first one to be a three-time winner, and I got the job done.”

Wilkin started drag racing right out of high school. He was drafted into the military not long afterward – and today is commander of Hillsboro VFW Post 9094 – but never lost his love of racing, although he did get out of it for a few years.

“I like the competition, I guess, because in the years I didn’t have a race car I had a couple horses I contested in barrels, flags and poles. And I had one that was really good,” Wilkin said.

That horse went with Wilkin to the world flag racing championships in Illinois one year and finished eighth out of 85 horses. It also finished sixth out of around 70 horses in flags at the Kentucky State Fair.

Horses were his thing until he started putting together his current drag racer 23 years ago.

Beat The Heat races are not the only contests Wilkin competes in. He runs often at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, National Trails Raceway in Hebron, and elsewhere. He said he competes with many other racers from Highland County and likes the camraderie of the sport.

But Wilkin seems to get almost as much joy out of sharing his dragster and the message it carries with youngsters as he does driving it. He’s had it at schools all around the area, the Highland County Fair, Ohio State Fair, in car shows, parades, and even to Las Vegas. His face lights up when he talks about the reaction kids have to it.

“It lets them see you in a different light. It’s like they’re thinking, ‘They’re like us. They like to race and go fast, too,’” Wilkin said. “Maybe it helped one of them little kids go in the right direction.”

“I guess it’s the sound, some people say it’s the burning rubber and the fumes,” Wilkin said. “And, I like the competition. It’s something where you’re always driving to make yourself better at it. I like that.”

 

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Stephanie Cavazos in front of her patrol car.

From Alice Echo-News Journal.

A dream inspired at the age of 10 through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program became a reality on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the San Diego City Council meeting.

Stephanie Cavazos, a resident of Alice, is the only woman officer for the City of San Diego. The city council approved her as a full-time employee during the meeting.

“I was 10-years-old when my chief (Chief of Police Juan Garcia) was my instructor,” Cavazos said. “He told me how drugs were bad and now I am going to help crack down on drugs in this community.”

She received her associates degree in criminal justice from Coastal Bend College then went on to receive her peace officer license form Del Mar College in October 2013. She also worked as a correctional officer with Jim Wells County for about two years.

“Being the only female here (San Diego PD) I want the young girls to feel comfortable with me and to know that they can tell me anything,” she said. “However, I don’t want people to think being a woman makes me scared to do my job. I’m going to be there to protect my boys (fellow officers) no matter what, always having their back like they have mine.”

“Her nickname is “legit” because that’s her favorite word,” said Lt. Fernando Garcia. “Everything has to be legit.”

The DARE program is taught in schools around the nation and was founded in 1983.

“I want to thank my parents, Jesus and Priscilla Cavazos, for raising me to be the woman I am today,” Cavazos said. “I also want to thank my grandma Alva Garza for always keeping me in her prayers.”

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From Ledger-Enquirer.

— More high school students are using electronic cigarettes, according to new findings, raising concerns among health officials that the growing diversification of tobacco products could get more young people addicted to nicotine.

While a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the overall percentage of teens using tobacco products hasn’t increased since 2012, health advocates were hoping to see a decrease.

“It’s really important to know there is no safe tobacco product,” said Brian King, a senior adviser with CDC’s office on smoking and health.

Earlier this year, a CDC report marking the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. surgeon general’s report on the dangers of tobacco predicted that 5.6 million young people up to age 17 “will die early from a cigarette smoking-related illness.”

The CDC report issued Thursday – the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report – used data from the 2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey. It found that nearly one in four high school students – almost 23 percent – reported using a tobacco product in the past 30 days.

The CDC said that 4.5 percent of high school students last year said they used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days, That’s compared with 2.8 percent in 2012.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered cigarettes that contain nicotine and emit a smoke-like vapor. Usage is up dramatically.

Hookah – a water pipe use to smoke flavored tobacco – is also popular: 5.2 percent of high school students said they had tried it in the last 30 days, comparable to 2012 when the rate was 5.4.

Nicole Lusk, a Maryland 16-year-old, said in an interview with McClatchy that she knows people younger than 18 who will go to the mall to buy an e-cigarette or a hookah kit.

“People at my school definitely use e-cigarettes and hookah,” said Lusk, who attends La Plata High School in Charles County. “It’s trendy, I guess.”

Smoking, according to the CDC, is the “leading cause of preventable death in the United States.” It causes more deaths in a year than alcohol, illegal drug use, motor vehicle accidents, firearms and HIV combined, the CDC says. It is also responsible for nine out of 10 deaths from lung cancer.

Since the groundbreaking surgeon general’s report half a century ago, the CDC says that cigarette smoking among U.S. adults has been cut in half. But Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said the number of teens using tobacco was “alarming.”

“Perhaps most concerning,” he added, “is that the FDA currently regulates only cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, while the tobacco industry aggressively markets numerous unregulated tobacco products such as cigars, cigarillos, snus (a moist tobacco product placed under the user’s upper lip) and e-cigarettes to teens.”

The growing numbers of students using currently unregulated tobacco products should push the Federal Drug Administration to act on regulations, said Gregg Haifley, associate director of federal relations with the Cancer Action Network.

“This ought to be a wakeup call for the FDA to finalize its regulations,” he said.

John Lindsay, vice president of development at D.A.R.E., a group that helps students address issues such as drugs and violence, said parents have done a good job of teaching their children that smoking is unhealthy. But by vilifying traditional cigarettes, he said it might have left an opening for tobacco companies to market supposedly “cleaner” substances.

“I think inadvertently, we’ve created an illusion that there are safe ways to get a very dangerous substance,” Lindsay said.

 

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Youth tobacco smoking rates putting millions at risk of premature death http://www.dare.org/youth-tobacco-smoking-rates-putting-millions-at-risk-of-premature-death/ http://www.dare.org/youth-tobacco-smoking-rates-putting-millions-at-risk-of-premature-death/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:39:47 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16499 From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Almost 23 percent of high school students currently use a tobacco product, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Of particular concern, more than 90 percent of those using a tobacco product are using […]

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From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Almost 23 percent of high school students currently use a tobacco product, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Of particular concern, more than 90 percent of those using a tobacco product are using combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipes.

Extensive use of combustible products is of special concern because tobacco smoking causes most of the tobacco-related disease and death in the United States. The 50thAnniversary Surgeon General’s Report released last January concluded that unless youth smoking rates drop rapidly, 5.6 million youth currently aged 0 to 17 will die early from a cigarette smoking-related illness.

“Nine out of ten smokers tried their first cigarette by age 18,” said Tim McAfee, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “We must do more to prevent our youth from using tobacco products, or we will see millions of them suffer and die prematurely as adults. Fully implementing proven tobacco control programs would help keep our youth from falling victim to tobacco.”

CDC’s National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found that in 2013, 22.9 percent of high school students and 6.5 percent of middle school students reported using a tobacco product within the last 30 days.  Nearly half (46 percent) of all high school students and 17.7 percent of middle school students said they had used a tobacco product at least once in their lifetime. The survey also found that 12.6 percent of high school students say they currently use two or more tobacco products.

Youth who say they use more than one tobacco product are at higher risk for developing nicotine dependence that can lead to continued smoking into adulthood. Most youth who use tobacco believe they will be able to quit, but about three out of four high school smokers continue smoking into adulthood.

Among all high school students, 4.5 percent reported using e-cigarettes within the last 30 days; and 1.1 percent of middle school students reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days. While the impact of electronic cigarette use on public health remains uncertain, the 2014 Surgeon General’s report found that nicotine use can have adverse effects on adolescent brain development. Therefore, nicotine use by youth in any form- combusted, smokeless, or electronic- is unsafe.

Cigarettes were the most prevalent tobacco product used by white and Hispanic high school students (14.0 percent and 13.4 percent), although cigars were close behind (11.4 percent and 12.1 percent). Cigar use was more prevalent than cigarette use for other races/ethnicities.  Cigar use among black high school students was nearly 50 percent higher than cigarette use (14.7 percent vs. 9.0 percent), and more than twice as high (4.5 percent vs 1.7 percent) among black middle school students.

Cigars are currently unregulated by FDA and are taxed at a lower rate. Some cigars are manufactured with fruit and candy flavors prohibited in cigarettes, and sold in small quantities with youth able to buy them at low cost.

“One effective strategy for reducing tobacco use among youth is raising the price,” said Brian King Ph.D., a Senior Scientific Advisor with CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “The Food and Drug Administration’s new youth-focused media campaign, “The Real Cost,” is also expected to lead to reductions in youth tobacco use.”

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year.  For every death, there are about 32 Americans living with a smoking-related disease. Besides the human cost, smoking takes a devastating toll on our nation’s economy, costing more than $289 billion a year (including at least $133 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity).

Today’s article is released to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout, which will be held on November 20, 2014. Surveys show about 70 percent of all smokers want to quit, and research shows quitting completely at any age has health benefits. Smokers can get free help quitting by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign features real people living with the consequences of smoking-related diseases and offers additional quit resources at http://www.cdc.gov/tips, including cessation assistance developed by the National Cancer Institute.

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Police receive requests to broaden D.A.R.E. Programme http://www.dare.org/police-receive-requests-to-broaden-dare-programme/ http://www.dare.org/police-receive-requests-to-broaden-dare-programme/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:14:32 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16494 Superintendent Calvin Brutus, Police ‘E’ Division Commander. From Guyana Chronicle. RESIDENTS of Linden and other areas in the Police ‘E’ Division have been calling on the police to broaden its Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Programme, according to Divisional Commander, Superintendent Calvin Brutus. The Guyana Police Force under Commissioner Seelall Persaud has adopted the D.A.R.E. […]

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Superintendent Calvin Brutus, Police ‘E’ Division Commander.

From Guyana Chronicle.

RESIDENTS of Linden and other areas in the Police ‘E’ Division have been calling on the police to broaden its Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Programme, according to Divisional Commander, Superintendent Calvin Brutus.

The Guyana Police Force under Commissioner Seelall Persaud has adopted the D.A.R.E. Programme as a policy initiative which is being rolled out in every police division across the country.

Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle recently, Commander Brutus said that in addition to visiting schools and youth groups to conduct the D.A.R.E. Programme, they also have a one-month programme on television in collaboration with the National Communications Network (NCN) where security tips and laws pertaining to offences are publicized.

At present, police in ‘E’ Division are targeting five schools for the D.A.R.E. Programme and the focus is primarily for students in 3rd and 4th forms while some attention is also given to 5th form students following requests by the head teachers.

The D.A.R.E. programme was recently extended to the Parent Teacher Associations in a few of the schools on the request of the head teachers.

Brutus said that the point was made that the students are exposed to the training and lectures but when they return home they end up in the same environment which to some extent diminishes the real objective of the programme.

SCOUTS AND OTHER GROUPS
The ‘E’ Division has also been extending the DARE Programme to scout groups and other youth groups, according to Brutus who said that while it is not part of the initial strategy, the police have found that it has been successful.

Meanwhile, the police in the division are stretching out to areas such as Wismar, Wisrock and Blueberry Hill. The police have already launched several youth groups within the central area as well as outskirt locations, according to Brutus.

Among the other initiatives being pursued with the young people is the training in playing the steel pan.

Moreover, within a few days, a private security service from Georgetown would be traveling to the mining town, upon the request of the police, to do some work on a building which would be converted to an indoor sports facility for the young people.

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Holly Festival Craft Fair to be Nov. 8 and 9 at BCMS http://www.dare.org/holly-festival-craft-fair-to-be-nov-8-and-9-at-bcms/ http://www.dare.org/holly-festival-craft-fair-to-be-nov-8-and-9-at-bcms/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:57:21 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16455 From Lee’s Summit Tribune. The Holly Festival, a fundraising craft show that supports Lee’s Summit’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 NE Colbern Road. The DARE program deals with not […]

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From Lee’s Summit Tribune.

The Holly Festival, a fundraising craft show that supports Lee’s Summit’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 NE Colbern Road.

The DARE program deals with not only the dangers of drugs, but also teaches safety skills, how to recognize situations that could pose potential danger and how to avoid peer pressure. In addition, the program shows students how to resolve a conflict situation without resorting to violence.

Currently the DARE program is taught in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th grades in the Lee’s Summit School District.

The Holly Festival began in 1994 and has raised over $225,000 for DARE. These funds are used to purchase materials used by the DARE officers. The money is raised through booth rental fees (over 100 craft booths), concession stand and bake shop sales, door prize ticket sales and a gift basket auction.

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Congratulations to new Maine State Senator Scott Cyrway http://www.dare.org/congratulations-to-new-maine-state-senator-scott-cyrway/ http://www.dare.org/congratulations-to-new-maine-state-senator-scott-cyrway/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:12:50 +0000 http://www.dare.org/?p=16450 Congratulations to new Maine State Senator Scott Cyrway. Scott will represent the citizens of District 16, the Waterville area. Press Release: Scott Cyrway, DARE Coordinator for the State of Maine, Elected to the Maine State Senate AUGUSTA – Scott Cyrway’s recent election to the Maine State Senate provides a rare opportunity for a policy maker […]

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Congratulations to new Maine State Senator Scott Cyrway. Scott will represent the citizens of District 16, the Waterville area.

Press Release:

Scott Cyrway, DARE Coordinator for the State of Maine, Elected to the Maine State Senate

AUGUSTA – Scott Cyrway’s recent election to the Maine State Senate provides a rare opportunity for a policy maker with day-to-day knowledge of the success of the DARE program to speak up and advocate for the substance abuse prevention organization.

Cyrway, who is from Benton, is a 27 year veteran of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department and the DARE coordinator for the State of Maine. He has been a DARE officer for 22 of those years.

“For 22 years I have had the opportunity to work with Maine students, helping them to make good decisions with respect to drugs and alcohol. Along the way I have met incredible teenagers facing terribly difficult situations who resisted the lure of drugs and alcohol as a coping technique. Some of those students are now adults with their own families, instilling in their children the same message.”

Senator-Elect Scott Cyrway participated in the election of leadership in the Maine Senate today and will be requesting a committee assignment in the next few weeks.

“My experience in life is in law enforcement and working with Maine’s next generation of young adults. I believe what I have learned in those years will give me a unique but important perspective that I can share in the Maine Senate. We simply must not give up the DARE message. I’ll be looking to serve on a committee that will recognize my experience and dedication to keeping our young students prepared and able to resist Drugs and Alcohol.”

Senator Elect Scott Cyrway will be sworn in as State Senator on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

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