From Staff Reports
The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office got an updated look recently by equipping two of the agency’s fleet vehicles with the DARE …
The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office got an updated look recently by equipping two of the agency’s fleet vehicles with the DARE program’s theme.
Deputy Michael Lee at Valley View Elementary School and Deputy Paul Allen at North Lee Elementary School, both School Resource Officers, will drive the vehicles and use them during presentations to their schools’ students. Additionally, the vehicles will be outfitted for police work and used for patrol services, as well as on display during special ceremonial events.
“Our agency is proud to instruct the DARE program to fifth-graders in every elementary school within Bradley County. We want to do everything we can to promote childhood drug education, especially during the drug epidemic that is distressing our community," noted Sheriff Eric Watson.
"These newly designed vehicles are highly visible educational tools that will assist our school resource officers with educating children not to experiment with drugs,” Watson added.
According to its website, the DARE program is a prevention program presented to school children to combat drug abuse, violence, bullying, internet dangers, and other high risk matters students face. The DARE curriculum has shifted from what a Los Angeles school leader and police chief first created in 1983 — a tool to teach students that drugs are bad — to offer facts on alcohol and drug abuse and teach students about life skills and how to make good decisions in challenging situations.
The sheriff office’s first-semester classes are concluding and DARE graduations will be held at the following schools with their principals:
• Park View Elementary — Principal Jodie Grannan / Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 8:45 a.m.
• Waterville Elementary — Principal Jennifer Huskins / Monday, Nov. 20 , at 9 a.m.
• Prospect Elementary — Principal Steve Montgomery / Monday, Nov. 20 , at 1 p.m.
• Hopewell Elementary — Principal Tim Riggs / Tuesday, Nov. 21 , at 10:30 a.m.
• Charleston Elementary — Principal Candice Belt / Friday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m.
• North Lee Elementary — Principal Dana Yost / Tuesday, Dec. 5 , at 9 a.m.
• Taylor Elementary — Principal Elizabeth Kaylor / Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m.
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