The District of Kitimat contributed $350 during the 2013-14 school year to help local RCMP officers teach the internationally recognized Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to 43 Kitimat Grade 5 or 6 school children.
RCMP Sgt. Gus Papagiannis, who oversees the D.A.R.E. program in BC said that over 200 police officers teach D.A.R.E. each year to thousands of BC school children to equip them with the critical thinking and life skills necessary to choose a drug-free life. 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.
Sgt. Papagiannis said the D.A.R.E. BC Society, a registered charitable organization, helps raise funds within each community to cover the cost of the student learning materials. "We are very grateful to the District of Kitimat for its generous contribution to D.A.R.E. BC to help cover the cost of learning materials for the students who took the program during the 2013-2014 school year," he said.
The founder of D.A.R.E. BC, retired RCMP Staff Sergeant Chuck Doucette said the total cost of Kitimat's DARE learning materials was actually $430. We are hopeful the citizens of Kitimat will contribute to help make up the shortfall and donate to support the upcoming 2014-15 DARE program. Donations can be made online by visiting the D.A.R.E. BC website. (www.darebc.com)