January 15, 2019

Conception Bay South Town Council has made a two-year donation to the Northeast Avalon D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, totaling $5,000. This program is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children in grade six how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

“It’s important for us to contribute towards teaching our youth the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, violence, and other harmful activities. Giving our students the confidence they need to say no, teaching them good decision-making skills, and educating them about high-risk activities will help them live healthier, safer lives. It will create a better community for all,” said Mayor Terry French.

“The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is proud to deliver this program to all grade six students of Conception Bay South. The D.A.R.E core curriculum was designed by educators to be delivered by uniformed police officers in the classroom setting. The curriculum includes information that will assist and prepare these students for the many challenges that they may face as they move onto junior high school. The overall goal of this program is to assist students in making safe and responsible choices, so they can live a happy and healthy lifestyle moving forward,” said Inspector Alex Brennan, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

“The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary would like to thank the Town of Conception Bay South for their support. Without the generous support of the community this would not be possible,” he continued.

The program is touted as the most comprehensive drug prevention curricula in the world. Its curricula includes topics such as bullying, internet safety, and over-the-counter prescription drug and opiates abuse.

“We have nine schools in our town with thousands of students. As a growing community that is focused on becoming the community of choice for families in this province, the safety of our youth is paramount. We are happy to contribute to such a beneficial and highly acclaimed program,” said Mayor French.

Constable Tanya Schwartz and Inspector Alex Brennan of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, along with Janet Rumsey of the D.A.R.E Committee, attended this week’s public Council meeting. They accepted a donation of $5,000 from Conception Bay South Town Council to the Northeast Avalon D.A.R.E. program.