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Communities Bring Back D.A.R.E. to Their Classrooms

Posted on April 11, 2017 by in Special

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The opioid epidemic, legalization concerns, and need for improved community-police relations make D.A.R.E. curricula a high priority.

Read about the return of D.A.R.E. to the communities below:

Belleview Budget Increase Puts D.A.R.E. Back in School

Posted on Nov 17th, 2017

Belleview Police Officer Mike Miley helps Jaiden Johnson as he teaches the D.A.R.E. program for Cristy Hamblen’s fifth grade class at Belleview Elementary School on Friday. The program is just starting back up after a similar program was discontinued about 10 years ago because of staffing. [Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner]

D.A.R.E. was started in 1983 as a program taught by law enforcement officers to promote saying no to drugs. It now includes lesson plans for K-12 students that address issues including violence, bullying and internet safety. The program had not been active in Belleview schools for about 10 years. Photo: Belleview Police Officer Mike Miley helps Jaiden Johnson as he teaches the D.A.R.E. program for Cristy Hamblen’s fifth grade class at Belleview Elementary School on Friday. The program is…

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D.A.R.E. to Make a Difference

Posted on Oct 30th, 2017

Detective Ken Minica, right, talks to students in Ms. Anissa Laney’s fifth-grade class Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Peeking inside the window of a fifth-grade classroom in Halfway Elementary School, neat rows of desks and chairs filled with young students come into view. The kids look ahead at the instructor intently with pencils poised above colorful workbooks, awaiting the right moment to fill in the next blank on their worksheets. Photo: Detective Ken Minica, right, talks to students in Ms. Anissa Laney’s fifth-grade class Tuesday, Oct. 10. They are completely zoned in to the lesson at hand,…

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Sheriff D.A.R.E.s to Reconsider Drug Program

Posted on Oct 18th, 2017

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s opinion of D.A.R.E. has changed over the years. So much so that his office is implementing it back into the Roane County School System. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t a fan of the D.A.R.E. program in 2014. “You can talk about D.A.R.E. all day long,” Stockton said during a forum hosted by the Roane County Republican Women. “There is no proven statistics that D.A.R.E. works.” Stockton’s opinion of D.A.R.E. has changed over…

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Educators Happy to See D.A.R.E. Program in Schools

Posted on Oct 9th, 2017

BRIDGEWATER - Children are not the only ones who learn important lessons in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. "You will change their life," said Frank Pegueros, president of D.A.R.E. America, who led a week-long training last month of 22 police officers from throughout the state at the Somerville Elks. "They will change your life." The DARE program, started in the 1980s to bring an anti-drug message into schools, was a victim of tight budgets when the recession…

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D.A.R.E. Program Reinstated

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2017

Photo (click to view the full image): Members of the Washington Township Public School District, administration and police department recognized the implementation of the D.A.R.E. program on Friday, Sept. 15, at Bells Elementary School. From left are Bells School Principal Ginny Grier, Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik, Director of Elementary Education Gretchen Gerber, Business Administrator Jason Gonter, Councilwoman Angela Donato, Lt. Kenneth Kennedy, Ofc. Joe Rowson, Superintendent Joseph…

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D.A.R.E. is Back in School

Posted on Aug 23rd, 2017

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students are back in class and so are D.A.R.E. officers. Drug Abuse Resistance Education program kicked off today at Jonesboro Public Schools. Jonesboro Police D.A.R.E. officers stopped by the Health and Wellness Environmental Studies Magnet school Tuesday morning. Corporal Kevin Foust with the Jonesboro Police Department D.A.R.E. program said their visit was largely an introduction to students. “We introduced ourselves to the students,” Foust said. “We…

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Weymouth Officials Welcome Return of D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on Jun 28th, 2017

Weymouth officials hope to discourage pre-teens from abusing opioid drugs by restoring the Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. curriculum under a $13,240 grant received through state Attorney General Maura Healey’s Youth Opioid Prevention program. Weymouth officials hope to discourage pre-teens from abusing opioid drugs by restoring the Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. curriculum under a $13,240 grant received through state Attorney General Maura Healey’s Youth Opioid…

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Lake Sheriff Bringing Back Drug-Education Program to Classrooms

Posted on Jun 27th, 2017

A law officer practicing a drug-education awareness course for elementary students tried to get a group of deputies excited. “What time is it?” Martin County deputy sheriff Andrea Olson asked the group. The muffled response prompted her to goad them: “Louder, louder!” This time the deputies — portraying schoolkids in a mock exercise — offered a full-throated response: “D.A.R.E. time!” Olson was taking part in a certification course for Lake deputies who will teach the Drug…

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D.A.R.E. Program to Make Comeback in Lake County Schools

Posted on Jun 7th, 2017

TAVARES — The anti-drug program D.A.R.E. is preparing to make a comeback in Lake County schools after years on the sidelines because of budget cuts. Deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office started going through an 80-hour training class on Monday for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which will prepare them to teach fifth-grade students during the 2018-2019 school year about the dangers of drugs. Sheriff Peyton Grinnell said children at the fifth-grade level are at…

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D.A.R.E. Program Staging Comeback

Posted on May 29th, 2017

Bergenfield Police Officer Kyle Witty, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, Branchburg Policer Officer Kate Proscia, Warren Township Police Officer Joe Grasso and Summit Police Officer Matthew Tarantino realize the value of the D.A.R.E. program in the war against drugs. (Photo by Mike Deak). BRIDGEWATER - The opioid epidemic in New Jersey and the rest of the country has prompted police officers to consider new strategies to fight the war against drugs. Police are also returning…

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