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D.A.R.E. Program Reinstated

Posted on September 23, 2017 by in D.A.R.E. Comeback, Hometown, New Jersey, News

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 Bollendorf, Ofc. Gerry Egizi and Mayor Joann Gattinelli. From <a href="https://washingtontownshipsun.com/mayors-message-reduce-reuse-recycle-827561e95eb9" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Washington Township Sun</a>

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 Bollendorf, Ofc. Gerry Egizi and Mayor Joann Gattinelli. From The Washington Township Sun.

Below is an excerpt from Mayor Gattinelli’s message:

I am happy to announce the D.A.R.E. program, which stands for “Drug Abuse Resistance Education,” will be reinstated in the elementary schools for fifth graders. I am confident this program will be beneficial to our students and equip them with the tools they need to make smart decisions and resist using drugs. This is an extremely important issue and I am determined to address this as a community. I was so happy the Washington Township police and school board came together to make this initiative possible. Two of our police officers Gary Egizi and Joseph Rowson, will soon be graduating from the D.A.R.E. Officer Training. They will be great leaders for the students in our schools and I am proud the students will have an opportunity to take part in this interactive program.