Springboro Sergeant Don Wilson named D.A.R.E. America Officer of the Year 2013
Dayton Daily News – June 2013
SPRINGBORO, OH – When Springboro Police Sgt. Don Wilson became the first D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer at Springboro Schools in 1992, he didn’t know how much he’d like the job.
He soon discovered that he enjoyed teaching and working with students. Now, after working as a D.A.R.E. officer for more than 20 years, he is being honored with the National D.A.R.E. America Officer of the Year.
The national award, given to someone who has shown dedication to D.A.R.E. beyond the high standards evidenced by others involved in the program, will be presented at D.A.R.E. America’s national conference in Cincinnati next month.
Wilson, a 23-year veteran of the Springboro Police Department, said that when he first learned about the D.A.R.E. officer position years ago, he knew the job would be a challenge. However, he liked challenges.
“I wanted to go in and do something that no one had done before,” he said about starting the D.A.R.E. program in Springboro. He discovered that he really enjoyed teaching in the classroom, being around the students and working in the school environment.
In addition to serving as a D.A.R.E. officer for more than 20 years, Wilson also serves as the president of the D.A.R.E. Association of Ohio.
In the Springboro schools, Wilson is known as “Officer Don” or “Sgt. Don.” Throughout the year, he teaches the D.A.R.E. curriculum to students in second, fourth, sixth and seventh grades. He also serves as the school district’s school resource officer.