PORT McNEILL—The Rotary Club of Port McNeill donated $500 to help Port McNeill RCMP teach the internationally recognized Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to 50 local Grade 5 school children.
Staff Sergeant Anthony Choy, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the RCMP Drug and Organized Crime Awareness Service which oversees the Port McNeill D.A.R.E. program, said more than 250 police officers teach D.A.R.E. to thousands of school children in more than 90 communities throughout British Columbia.
“The D.A.R.E. program equips our children with the critical thinking and life skills necessary to choose a drug-free life,” he said. “While police officers teach the program, the cost of the student learning materials is covered by community donations so the program can be offered free to all students. The learning materials cost approximately $10 per student.”
S/Sgt. Choy said D.A.R.E. BC is their main partner on the D.A.R.E. program. D.A.R.E. BC is a registered charitable organization responsible for raising funds from within each community to cover the cost of the student learning materials.
“We are very grateful to the Rotary Club for its generous donation which covered the cost of learning materials for all 50 students who took the program during the 2011-2012 school year,” he said.
The founder of D.A.R.E. BC, retired RCMP Staff Sergeant Chuck Doucette said next year’s DARE program starts in September and we will need to raise another $500 in Port McNeil to cover the cost of learning materials for the 50 students who are expected to take the DARE program. We are appealing to the citizens of Port McNeil to help provide the financial support needed to empower Port McNeil’s school children in choosing a drug-free healthy lifestyle. Donations can be made on line by visiting the D.A.R.E. BC website. (www.darebc.com).