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D.A.R.E. Program: Fifth-Graders Urged to Make Best Choices

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2018

Catawba County School System Superintendent Matt Stover (left) was invited to Maiden Elementary School's D.A.R.E graduation to deliver the keynote address. MAIDEN — As addiction to drugs and alcohol runs rampant, people are searching for ways to address the issue. Some say that in order to do so while ensuring the success of future generations, awareness needs to begin at an early age. Maiden Elementary School, along with other elementary schools across the nation, recently…

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What Is Bullying? How It’s Really Defined

Posted on Dec 17th, 2017

GREENSBORO, NC – The Facebook post showing a Tennessee boy talking about bullying is going viral. Keaton told his mom to record his story and post it to share with other kids. In it he say, “They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly, they say I have no friends.” He made the video about more than just him. He reached out to other kids being bullied too. Since last week, the post has been viewed more than 20-million times! One of the first athletes to reach out to Keaton was…

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Fifth-Graders in Burlington Make Pledge to Stay Drug-Free during D.A.R.E. Graduation

Posted on Dec 17th, 2017

Fifth-graders in Burlington make pledge to stay drug-free during D.A.R.E. graduation
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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Fifth grade students at Highland Elementary in Burlington made a public pledge Thursday to be drug-free during a D.A.R.E graduation. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, or D.A.R.E, has been a staple in schools and police departments for decades. “We’ve been doing it here in Burlington for over 30 years,” officer Michael Paschal said. Times have changed and it seems that the list of negative influences for children today has gotten…

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Carley Keller, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board North Carolina Representative

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2017

Carley Keller, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board North Carolina Representative

My name is Carley Keller and I am a freshman in High School. I am a cheerleader for my school and for a competitive cheer gym. In my free time I like to watch football (especially my high-school team), cheer, and hangout with friends. My parents are Crecia & David, and I have a younger brother named Carson. We spend a lot of time together at the beach, going on the boat and church. I’m so excited to be on the D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board, so thankful for this opportunity and Thank you to the…

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County Schools Launch New D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on Sep 10th, 2017

Sheriff Jimmy Combs, left, shakes hands with Dr. Travis Reeves, superintendent of Surry County Schools, after getting approval to launch a new D.A.R.E. initiative in the four county middle schools

DOBSON — The Surry County Board of Education has given approval for the Surry County Sheriff’s Office to implement a new D.A.R.E. program at the middle school level. Photo: Sheriff Jimmy Combs, left, shakes hands with Dr. Travis Reeves, superintendent of Surry County Schools, this week after getting approval to launch a new D.A.R.E. initiative in the four county middle schools. Earlier this week, Sheriff Jimmy Combs and Dr. Travis Reeves, superintendent, spoke to the school board…

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RETRO BILL’s Keynote Motivational Appearance in Burlington, NC

Posted on Jun 16th, 2017

"The Official D.A.R.E. Safety & Self-Esteem Buddy - RETRO BILL made a Keynote Motivational Appearance at Burlington, North Carolinia Police Department's D.A.R.E. Days in the Park Event" Burlington, North Carolina - USA The Burlington Police Department Awarded it's D.A.R.E. Graduates with their Annual "D.A.R.E. Days in the Park" Event this spring.  This two-day event (Hosted by D.A.R.E. Officers Chad Laws & Mike Paschal along with Burlington Police Department Officers and Park…

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Moss Street Students Graduate from D.A.R.E.

Posted on Apr 11th, 2017

Moss Street Elementary School student and D.A.R.E. essay contest winner Meka Poole reads aloud from essay at the podium during the D.A.R.E. graduation on March 10. Photo by Justyn Melrose/RockinghamNow.

Moss Street Elementary School student and D.A.R.E. essay contest winner Meka Poole reads aloud from essay at the podium during the D.A.R.E. graduation on March 10. Photo by Justyn Melrose / RockinghamNow. REIDSVILLE — A generation of Moss Street Elementary School students will face the world with the tools to say ‘No’ after graduating from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program on March 10. For 10 weeks, three fifth grade classes learned the dangers of alcohol, cigarettes and…

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Brinkley Named North Carolina Executive of the Year

Posted on Jan 18th, 2017

Nags Head Police Chief Kevin Brinkley was named the 2017 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year for his support of the program taught at Nags Head Elementary School by Nags Head School Resource Officer Lora Gilreath, pictured with Brinkley.

Nags Head Police Chief Kevin Brinkley has been named Executive of the Year by the North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers Association for his support of the drug abuse resistance program. Image: Nags Head Police Chief Kevin Brinkley was named the 2017 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year for his support of the program taught at Nags Head Elementary School by Nags Head School Resource Officer Lora Gilreath, pictured with Brinkley. Brinkley received the…

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Dare to Make a Difference

Posted on May 29th, 2016

Move over McGruff, there’s a new cat in town and he’s not taking the job “lion” down. The D.A.R.E. program, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, rolled out in schools across America in 1983 with McGruff the Crime Dog teaching kids to “Just Say No” to drugs. While the slogan may have been catchy, years of research showed that it just wasn’t effective. So D.A.R.E. America started a campaign featuring a new mascot and a brand new approach, according to Officer Joey Belanger with…

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A Day in the Life snapshot: NCDOA Board member and Mentor Lora Gilreath from Nags Head Police Department.

Posted on Jan 28th, 2016

A fun look at a day in the life of Lora Gilreath School Resource Officer, Nags Head Elementary School. (Click the image to enlarge) or go to the original…

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