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Richard Smith, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board California Representative

Posted on Sep 18th, 2017

Richard Smith, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board California Representative

My name is Richard Smith and I am a junior from Tracy, California. I like to participate in speech and debate events and activities at my church. In my spare time I like to play guitar and saxophone. I volunteer at organizations in my community, like Brighter Christmas, Tracy Senior Association and Case for Kids. I enjoy speaking at my local D.A.R.E. graduations because I feel like I am able to make a positive impact in my community. I also instituted an annual breakfast fundraiser in my…

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7,000 books for the African Library Project from Tracy D.A.R.E.

Posted on Aug 28th, 2017

On Saturday, August 26, 2017, the students, parents, and teachers of the Tracy Police Department D.A.R.E. program, led by Officer Steve Abercrombie, collected, sorted, and boxed over 7,000 books for the African Library Project The books collected earlier in the summer already had an impact beyond measure on deprived junior high school students in the Volta Region of Ghana. Bright Edem Kofi Adeti, a teacher in a prize-winning school in the region, said, "God listened to our prayers; books…

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Hundreds of Santa Maria Students Celebrate D.A.R.E. Graduation

Posted on Jun 28th, 2017

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Nearly a thousand 6th grade students packed the Santa Maria Elks Lodge on Friday morning for D.A.R.E. graduation. Many more people, including parents, relatives, teachers, administrators and others were inside the large banquet room, creating a standing-room only situation. "Today was the culmination for the classes I taught the past six months here in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District," said D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor Al Torres. "I…

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Books Have Changed Our Lives (The Impact of the Tracy D.A.R.E. Program)

Posted on Jun 21st, 2017

The Impact of the Tracy D.A.R.E. Program: Bright Edem Kofi Adeti is a teacher in one of the remote northern Ghana schools.  His prize-winning school attributes their success to the books Tracy D.A.R.E. sent them. My name is Bright Edem Kofi Adeti.  I teach French and Information and Communication Technology in a deprived junior high school in the Volta Region of Ghana. Listening to the students speak English leaves much to  be desired. One would ask, “What good can come out of these…

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Casa Senior Project Helps D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2017

Two Casa Grande High School students make their Senior Project a fundraising event for the #Petaluma Police Department's DARE Program. Photo by Mike Harris via Twitter.

Two Casa Grande High school students have made a major contribution to the Petaluma Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program through their senior project. Photo by Mike Harris via Twitter. Tony Pleinnikul and Mathew Kupes organized a Tip a Cop event at Pongo’s Kitchen. The restaurant also donated 15 percent of each bill during the promotion. Along with other donations, the two seniors raised $2,575 for the D.A.R.E. program. The D.A.R.E. program is a 10-week curriculum on drug abuse…

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Colton Police Distribute Toys to Young Patients at Arrowhead Regional

Posted on Jan 1st, 2017

On Wednesday, Dec. 21 the Colton Police Officers Association held its annual Operation Giving at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where over 430 toys were distributed to young patients. Santa (Ruben Morales) was escorted by police officers through the hospital to deliver toys, candy canes and Christmas cheer. Photo Courtesy/Laura Morales

Young patients who spent the holidays at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center were surprised by an early visit from Santa who passed out toys and candy. Colton police officers escorted Santa as he meandered through the hospital spreading Christmas cheer. The 5th annual Operation Giving is a holiday tradition of the Colton Police Officers Association, and over 430 toys were distributed on Wednesday, Dec. 21. On Wednesday, Dec. 21 the Colton Police Officers Association held its annual Operation…

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Fifth-Graders Graduate from D.A.R.E.

Posted on Dec 19th, 2016

Diversion officer Heather Baker congratulates three of the winning students who were chosen to read their D.A.R.E. essays at Tuesday's graduation ceremony. From left are Baker, Reese Dahline, Sade Muessel, and Anna Harrington.Police Chief William Imboden is visible in the background. Photo by Jesse Duarte/Star.

Fifth-graders at St. Helena Elementary School graduated from the D.A.R.E. program on Tuesday armed with facts, statistics and solid advice about how to prevent youth drug abuse, alcoholism and bullying. In photo (click to view full image): Diversion officer Heather Baker congratulates three of the winning students who were chosen to read their D.A.R.E. essays at Tuesday's graduation ceremony. From left are Baker, Reese Dahline, Sade Muessel, and Anna Harrington.Police Chief William Imboden…

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20 Years of D.A.R.E. in Murrieta Schools: Police ‘Proud’ of Teaching, Mentoring Efforts

Posted on Oct 6th, 2016

"The Murrieta Police Department believes the youth in our community is the greatest asset we have." MURRIETA, CA – Since 1996, the Murrieta Police Department has taught the D.A.R.E. curriculum to 5th graders in our local elementary schools. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program's mission of teaching students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives is consistent with the goals and mission of the Murrieta Police Department. Over the last 20 years, countless…

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Santa Monica Police Sergeant Brown Gets “Hero Award” from AFSP

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2016

Nation's Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Presents "Hero Award" to Santa Monica Police Sergeant for Dedication to Suicide Prevention FSP Greater Los Angeles Chapter to Present First Responder's Award at National Suicide Prevention Week Ceremony LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First responders are often on the front lines of suicide prevention. On March 8, 2016, Sgt. Brown of the Santa Monica Police Department saved the life of a man in the midst of a suicide…

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Colton Police Officers Give Toys to Young Patients at San Bernardino Clinic

Posted on Aug 28th, 2016

Colton police officers joined D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to distribute toys Friday morning to dozens of young patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Clinic. Image: Jazmin Alanis, 8, reacts to the presents of Officers of the Colton Police Department and Colton Police Officers Association handing out toys donated by D.A.R.E. to patients at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Blood &…

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