December 16, 2017


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St. Clair County Deputy Fults to Attend Mentor Officer Training

Posted on Nov 14th, 2017

Darren Fults, St. Clair County Deputy, will be starting a new phase to his 12-year D.A.R.E. career. He will be attending the Mentor Officer Training in Utah in a few short weeks and couldn’t be more excited. Darren will attend the two-week D.A.R.E. Officer Training in Illinois in February 2018 after successfully completing his training. He is shown below with Ms. Mary Migalla’s 6th grade class at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis. Deputy Fults started at the school at…

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Officers Recognized for Years of Dedication to Teaching D.A.R.E.

Posted on Sep 7th, 2017

25 officers in Illinois have spent 20 or more years teaching D.A.R.E. to students. The Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association recently honored 25 police officers from around the state for long careers focused on positive interaction with youth through the program which debuted three decades ago. Each officer has spent at least 20 years teaching kids in kindergarten through high school about – among other things – the dangers of drugs and how to make healthy and positive decisions. The…

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Fruge Named Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year

Posted on Jun 28th, 2017

Lincoln Police Officer Chirsty Fruge, at right, was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday in East Peoria.

Lincoln Police Officer Chirsty Fruge, at right, was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday [June 16] in East Peoria. Lincoln Police Officer Christy Fruge was named the 2017 Illinois D.A.R.E. Officers Association Officer of the Year on Friday [June 16] at a ceremony held in East Peoria. The Lincoln Police Department and several local schools nominated Fruge for the award by writing to the organization in appreciation of her efforts with Lincoln…

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Local D.A.R.E Board Awards Scholarships to Jersey Community High School Seniors

Posted on May 19th, 2017

Pictured from left to right: (front—Senior students) Stephen Rulo, Anne Snyders, Maddie Hansen, and Quinten Dial. (back) Officer Rich Portwood, Illini Middle School representative Sue Long, Jersey County Code Officer Derick Russel, and CNB Bank & Trust Asst. VP Matt Eschbach. JERSEYVILLE - CNB Bank & Trust employee Matt Eschbach serves on the local D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) board in Jerseyville, which is organized through the Jerseyville Police Department. The D.A.R.E.…

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D.A.R.E. Car Show raises over $37,000

Posted on Oct 11th, 2016

Following the 25th annual D.A.R.E. Car Show held on Aug. 21 of this year, Major Jeff Mills of the Edwardsville Police Department approached the Edwardsville City Council during Tuesday night’s meeting to announce the grand total of proceeds raised. Mills said each year the EPD aims to collect more funds and donations, and this year was the most successful car show yet. Image: A car from the Car Show Gallery of Edwardsville D.A.R.E. “The goal of our officers and volunteers were to…

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Illinois Officer Meets Baby He Delivered

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2016

An Illinois family got an early delivery this weekend, thanks to some quick thinking from a local police officer. Trenton, Illinois, Officer Ryan Weh had just started his shift early Saturday morning when he heard the radio crackle. Right: Trenton, Illinois Police Officer Ryan Weh holds the newborn he helped deliver. Officer Weh is a local D.A.R.E. officer and previous had one of (the baby's parents) Jessica and Humberto's older children in his class. “I hear a page go out for…

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YAB Members Participate in Creating PSA Video to Promote D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School Curriculum

Posted on Jul 5th, 2016

Recently 12 select members of our D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board participated in creating a public service announce (PSA) video to promote D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School Curriculum. All 12 YAB members were invited to Orlando, Florida for a workshop on June 6-9, 2016, hosted by D.A.R.E. America’s CEO, Frank Pegueros, Director of Project Development, Mistie Bell-Renfro and Jacqueline Ho, Youth Advocacy Board Coordinator. Special guest presenter, Bill Russ, also known as RETRO Bill was…

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Lauren Etzkorn, D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board Illinois Representative

Posted on Jun 25th, 2015

Hi! My name is Lauren Etzkorn and I am the D.A.R.E Youth Lauren Etzkorn, D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board Illinois RepresentativeBoard Representative for Illinois because I believe and follow the lessons that D.A.R.E teaches. I was able to participate in the D.A.R.E. program when I was in 5th Grade at Schiesher Elementary School in Lisle, IL. The same year I was taking D.A.R.E., I experienced the loss of my uncle to a drug overdose. It is extremely difficult to watch someone abuse drugs, and it…

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132 Carbondale middle schoolers graduate from D.A.R.E.

Posted on May 23rd, 2015

From KFVS 12. Photo: Detective Lam (right) and Officer Mathis (Left) spoke about the importance of the DARE program to the graduates. (Source: Carbondale Police Dept.) CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - On Tuesday, May 18, 132 students from the sixth grade class at the Carbondale Middle School graduated from the D.A.R.E. program. The goal of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is to teach children to make positive choices which allow them to reach and be successful at their goals,…

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Young, and young at heart, come out winners on D.A.R.E. Day despite Chiefs 6-2 loss

Posted on Apr 25th, 2015

From Journal Star. Photo: WWII veteran Max Barton, 97, of Streator has been to many a ballpark, including getting to sit in the dugout with the 1933 Yankees after a spontaneous invite from Babe Ruth. Today at the Peoria Chiefs game, Barton was the guest of students from Robein School in East Peoria, including Camden Garner, center in green. The students adopted him as a pen pal over the past year. PEORIA — The Peoria Chiefs had no answer for the power hitting of the Quad Cities River…

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