The local D.A.R.E. Unit was founded in 1991. West Side Elementary was the first school to receive D.A.R.E., receiving the pilot program in the spring of 1991. Since those humble beginnings, the D.A.R.E. program has been expanded to all USD 250 and St. Mary’s elementary schools, reaching hundreds of children each year.
The core curriculum focuses on fifth-grade students and provides lessons on self-esteem, dealing with peer pressure, and avoiding violence. The program also provides introductory lessons for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Each year the program culminates with a graduation ceremony held at Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony recognizes the core students for their hard work and dedication to the program.
The D.A.R.E. Unit consists of four certified officers and two D.A.R.E. vehicles:
- A Chevrolet Camaro provided by Molle M.C.
- A Lexus that was seized from a local drug dealer
Both vehicles are painted with custom designs by Patterson Artworks, and have won numerous awards for the artwork.
To learn more about the D.A.R.E. Program or to schedule a D.A.R.E. presentation for your meeting or event, please contact Sergeant Tim Tompkins at (620) 231-1700.