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DARE program kicks off

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has organized the second annual “Kick Off” to the DARE program. DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a program taught by law enforcement to fifth-grade students across the nation and is supported locally by law enforcement, the Summit School District and businesses across Summit County.On Monday, Summit County Sheriff’s Office DARE instructors, deputy Rebecca Johnson and deputy Lamont Hall, will be accompanied by DARE instructors from the Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge police departments at elementary schools across the county to introduce themselves to their fifth-grade DARE students, and to get them excited about the DARE program. They will be stopping by Summit Middle School to have lunch with the sixth- and eighth-grade students as well.Members from the Colorado National Guard’s Drug Demand Reduction Team from Aurora, along with a surprise guest, will be speaking to the kids for the second year in a row about the dangers of drug use and alcohol abuse, as well as the responsibilities of making better choices. Also for a second year, Lake Dillon and Red White & Blue fire personnel will be on hand with the big rigs, as will a Summit County Ambulance crew with an ambulance and staff from Summit Medical Center to meet the students, encourage them to stay drug and alcohol free and show them how many positive adult role models there are who care about them in Summit County and around the State of Colorado.”Daren” the lion – the DARE mascot – will make an appearance, and the students will have the chance to have a group picture taken with him. – Daily News staff reports


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