January 21, 2018

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

Posted on April 11, 2017 by in Special


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:

Groveland Police Restart D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on Jan 16th, 2018

In photo: Groveland Detective Josh Sindoni, a three-year member of the department, is the town’s D.A.R.E. officer. GROVELAND — After a 12-year hiatus, the Groveland Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has been restarted and, according to Chief Jeffrey Gillen, it has been well received by school officials and parents. “We’re excited to have D.A.R.E. up and running after more than 10 years without it,” Gillen said. “Through this program, we’re…

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D.A.R.E. Program Returns to Nelson’s Elementaries

Posted on Dec 21st, 2017

In photo: D.A.R.E. Essay Finalists Cady Marrs (from left) and Jacob Willoughby, Essay Winner Karley Campbell and Nelson County Sheriff David Hill at Tye River Elementary School on Dec. 5. LYNCHBURG — After a four-year hiatus, the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office has brought back the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program for Tye River and Rockfish River Elementary schools. “[D.A.R.E.] was one of the things citizens wanted. We planned to implement a substance abuse program. D.A.R.E.…

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Teaching Kids to Make Safe, Responsible Decisions

Posted on Dec 17th, 2017

Herkimer Police Officer Shauna Jones, who serves as the Herkimer Central School District’s school resource officer, teaches a D.A.R.E. class to fifth-grade students on Thursday. The program aims to teach students about making good, responsible choices. [STEPHANIE SORRELL-WHITE/TIMES TELEGRAM]. HERKIMER — Students in a fifth-grade class at Herkimer Elementary School were given a scenario Thursday where a girl who smokes was going to a party. Some of the students offered solutions about…

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5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation at Westside Elementary in Sisseton, SD

Posted on Dec 6th, 2017

"Officer Appel put on a mind blowing graduation for the first kids to graduate a D.A.R.E. program in Sisseton in 20 years. The ceremony included a full police escort with lights and sirens to the performing arts center. We were joined on stage by the Mayor, Sisseton PD, SDHP, BIA, Tribal Officers and more." - Waylon Eckert, South Dakota D.A.R.E.…

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WCSO is Teaching Kids to Be Drug Free

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2017

VERNON, Fla. - Sheriff Kevin Crews is bringing back the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to Washington County schools. The program hasn't been taught in Washington County since 2007. The course was offered to fifth graders at Vernon Elementary School and Kate Smith Elementary School in Chipley. "What better way than to start, you know, with fifth graders. You know, before they go to middle school, before they get to high school and try to instill a positive role model with our…

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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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