Pubdate: Sun, 06 Dec 2009
Source: Summit Daily News (CO)
Copyright: 2009 Summit Daily News
Bookmark: (D.A.R.E.)


The Summit County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Downstairs at 
Eric's, Windy City Pizza, City Market Breckenridge and Walmart for 
their continued support and contributions to the Summit County 
Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. program. The support and donations from 
local businesses like these enable this valuable program to continue 
in local schools. This year the Silverthorne Recreation Center also 
donated two punch card passes for two students, and the Snowboard 
Outreach Society (S.O.S.) donated one of two snowboard lesson/ski 
packages. On behalf of these kids.Thank You! Gracias!

According to Summit County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. Instructor and 
School Resource Officer (SRO) Deputy Rebecca Johnson, "These 
businesses have graciously donated every year and usually twice 
annually - even during tough economic times. We couldn't do this without them!"

Instructed by Deputy Johnson and Deputy Wanda Wilkerson, this year's 
program recently celebrated the graduation of 31 Dillon Valley 
Elementary 5th grade students. Students Eric Robinson and Jacob Payer 
were awarded the S.O.S. ski/snowboard lesson packages for their 
exceptional work on their essays describing what they learned in 
their D.A.R.E classes.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a program presented by 
Law Enforcement to students across the nation, and introduces kids to 
a variety of life skills they will need to avoid the pressures of and 
involvement with drugs, alcohol, gangs, and violence. "D.A.R.E. 
establishes positive relationships between students, law enforcement, 
teachers and parents," explained Deputy Johnson. "It also builds 
self-confidence by providing kids with the tools that will enable 
them to avoid negative influences and difficult peer pressure as they 
enter new chapters in their lives while encouraging them to focus on 
their individual strengths and potential."

For more information on the Summit County D.A.R.E. program, contact 
Deputy/SRO Johnson with the Summit County Sheriff's Office at (970) 453-2232.
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