January 23, 2018
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Finding a Balance: Schools Aim to Educate, Enforce as Pot Becomes Legal

Posted on January 2, 2018 by in California, Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use, Hometown, News

Santa Maria Police D.A.R.E. officer Mike Wheeler talks to students before a D.A.R.E. graduation in December at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge. Wheeler believes the number of cannabis-related calls, especially among minors, will increase with recreational sale commencing January 1.

Santa Maria Police D.A.R.E. officer Mike Wheeler talks to students before a D.A.R.E. graduation in December at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge. Wheeler believes the number of cannabis-related calls, especially among minors, will increase with recreational sale commencing January 1. Under California’s new laws and regulations, possession or consumption of cannabis remains a prohibited, punishable […]

More than 800 Sixth-Grade Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. program

Posted on December 26, 2017 by in California, Hometown, News

The Santa Maria Police Honor Guard posts the colors during the D.A.R.E. graduation at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge on Thursday.

Photo: The Santa Maria Police Honor Guard posts the colors during the D.A.R.E. graduation at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge on Thursday. More than 800 sixth-grade students took the pledge to stay drug free and make responsible, informed choices during a Thursday morning graduation for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Claps and cheers […]

More Anti-Drug Classes Needed

Posted on September 19, 2017 by in California, Hometown, News

Simi Valley

Praise goes out to VCSO for its recent arrest of two suspects in possession of $600,000 worth of methamphetamine. It’s always a good thing when a drug-smuggling operation is busted. It also continues to be frustrating when you hear a law enforcement officer say, “Our biggest headache is heroin,” which brings me to the issue […]

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

Posted on September 18, 2017 by in California, Hometown, Youth Advocacy Board

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. […]

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

Posted on August 28, 2017 by in California, Hometown, News

Tracy D.A.R.E.

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 […]

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

Posted on June 28, 2017 by in California, Hometown, News

Santa Maria-Bonita School District

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 […]

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

Posted on June 21, 2017 by in California, Hometown, News, Spotlight

Bright Edem Kofi Adeti

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 […]

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

Posted on April 22, 2017 by in California, D.A.R.E. Comeback, Hometown, News

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 […]

Colton Police Distribute Toys to Young Patients at Arrowhead Regional

Posted on January 1, 2017 by in California, Hometown, News

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 […]

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

Posted on December 19, 2016 by in California, Hometown, News

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 […]