Rotarians donate to D.A.R.E. program

RCMP and schools present program to keep kids away for alcohol and drug use

The Rotary Club of Sooke donated $500 to Sooke RCMP to help educate local youth about living drug-free lives.

The RCMP’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, founded by retired RCMP officer Chuck Doucette, will include about 275 Grade 5 Sooke students come September.

“The DARE program equips our children with the critical thinking and life skills necessary to choose a drug-free life,” Sgt. Anthony Choy, who oversees the Sooke DARE program, said in a statement.

“While police officers teach the program, the cost of the student learning materials is covered by community donations so the program can be offered to all students.”

The donation from the Rotary Club helped to cover material costs for 50 local students in the program during the 2011-12 school year.

It costs approximately $10 per student to run DARE. That means Sooke RCMP will need $2,750 in order to cover costs for local students to take part this upcoming school year.

For more information about DARE, or to make a donation, see www.darebc.com.

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