Last December, http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com was first to report on school administrators in the community receiving letters from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department about the suspension of the D.A.R.E. program.
Sheriff Dale Schmidt notified 11 elementary school principals saying the program would end in the 2016 Spring semester primarily because of staffing.
There’s was quite a push back from the community, especially as the number of heroin cases appear to be on the rise.On Monday Elevate, a community-based resource center that focuses on drug-and-alcohol prevention, stepped up with a creative solution to try and bring back D.A.R.E.Elevate executive director Mary Simon wrote, “Our community prevention educators are ready and equipped to teach Too Good For Drugs, a research-based, age-specific Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse prevention curriculum, to students in all grade schools impacted by this decision.”Simon said “Too Good for Drugs” is designed to promote social skill development and resiliency in a fun and interactive learning environment.
A statement on the Too Good for Drugs website reads, “Students learn and practice setting reachable goals, making responsible decisions, and refuse peer pressure and influence through independent, paired, and cooperative learning activities and games.”
Simon has created a GoFundMe page for people to make a tax deductible donation to Elevate to help us sustain this effort.
The message on the page from Mary Simon is titled, Save AODA/Washington Cty reads:
Today, drug and alcohol prevention in our schools is more important than ever. At Elevate, we have been a community resource, providing prevention, intervention and support services for individuals and families struggling with the effects of substance abuse for more than 35 years.
With the Sheriff’s suspension of the D.A.R.E program in Washington County schools, we hope to be a resource to those schools and kids left without drug prevention and education programming.
Parents have asked for a creative solution, and we believe we can provide it– with your help!
The starting point, financially, to get the program underway is $20,000.