January 19, 2018


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Caitlin Walker, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Virginia Representative

Posted on Dec 26th, 2017

My name is Caitlin Walker and I am excited to be the Youth Advocacy Board Representative for the State of Virginia! I am currently a senior at Eastern View High School, located in Culpeper, Virginia. I live with my mom, dad, two brothers, and dog, Tazer. I am a very outgoing person and never hesitate to meet new friends! Next year I have hopes to attend a 4 year university and study communication…

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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.]…

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Lakeview Students Learn About Drug Perils in D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2017

Lakeview Elementary School student Shannon Carter (center) speaks at the Lakeview D.A.R.E. Program graduation as Police Officer A.L Barnhouse (left) and Lakeview Principal Patrick Neuman (right) listen on April 6, 2017. [John Adam/progress-index.com]

Students from Lakeview Elementary graduate from the D.A.R.E. program, which aims to educate them about drug and alcohol abuse. Right: Lakeview Elementary School student Shannon Carter (center) speaks at the Lakeview D.A.R.E. Program graduation as Police Officer A.L Barnhouse (left) and Lakeview Principal Patrick Neuman (right) listen on April 6, 2017. [John Adam/progress-index.com] COLONIAL…

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Pennington Gap Police Reinstate D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2017

Joel Duncan serves as the school resource officer for Pennington Middle School in Lee County, and now he is bringing back the D.A.R.E. program many may recognize from childhood.

PENNINGTON GAP, VA. - Communities across southwest Virginia are constantly looking for ways to cut down on the epidemic proportion of drug abuse and addiction. In Pennington Gap alone, the police chief tells us they have taken more than 40 reports of stolen medications since January and had four drug-related arrests this month. Police there believe breaking the cycle may start with young…

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D.A.R.E. Program Expanding in Tazewell County schools

Posted on Feb 5th, 2017

TAZEWELL COUNTY (WVVA) - Seventh graders at Tazewell Middle School are in a class of a different kind now. Thanks to the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office, the students are getting a refresher course with a program they first experienced in elementary school. D.A.R.E. Drug Abuse Resistance Education. "Today being the last day of class, I've seen them really calm down and start participating in…

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Bland County Deputies D.A.R.E. to Teach

Posted on Jan 1st, 2017

Deputies Jason Ramsey (left) and Randy Dillow recently completed a D.A.R.E. training class.

Bland County Elementary and Middle School students will find familiar faces teaching their D.A.R.E. classes in the coming spring. Bland County deputies and school resource officers Randy Dillow and Jason Ramsey completed the D.A.R.E. America training program earlier this month and are ready to impart their knowledge on Bland County’s young minds. Image: Deputies Jason Ramsey (left) and…

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Local Law Enforcement, DEA Team Up for Drug Take Back Event

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2016

The James City County Police Department, Williamsburg Police and York County-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office have teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host separate prescription drug take back events for area residents Saturday. According to the Centers for Disease Control, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of the…

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YAB PSA Videos Project Update

Posted on Aug 28th, 2016

In June of 2016, 12 Youth Advocacy Board members came together in Orlando, Florida for a 2-day workshop on creating a Public Service Announcement video.  The goal was to create a 60-second PSA video based on the D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School curriculum, advocating the implementation of the curriculum into their community and/or school. myPlaybook High School Curriculum was developed through…

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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…

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Brown Wins Lifetime Achievement at EGCC Annual Awards Banquet

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2016

Emporia Sheriff Sam Brown is known as much for his work with children at Greensville and Belfield elementary schools as he is his contagious smile. On Wednesday night, his decades of giving to the children of our community through his D.A.R.E. program paid off in a big way. He was chosen as the recipient of the Eugene Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award. Image: Emporia Sheriff Sam Brown, left,…

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