The faculty, administration, students, and parents provided tremendous support for the Drug Awareness Resistance Education program, which teaches kids how to resist the temptation to use alcohol, tobacco products and illicit drugs,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.
GRENADA – The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office DARE program, under the supervision of Reserve Deputy Jim Jacobsen, has recently met with great success and held a well-attended graduation ceremony at Grenada Elementary School.
The faculty, administration, students, and parents provided tremendous support for the Drug Awareness Resistance Education program, which teaches kids how to resist the temptation to use alcohol, tobacco products and illicit drugs,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. They are also taught how to prevent and respond to bullying, as well as how to deal with strangers and potential threats inside and outside school campuses.
“DARE prevention education is one of the most important things a law enforcement agency can do to equip our kids with information so they can make an informed and better decision when it comes to the use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, and other harmful substances,” said Lopey. “I firmly believe the instruction on how to deal with bullying and the lesson to treat everyone with dignity and respect in school is also a very, very important topic. We have had overwhelming success teaching DARE in our local schools and it is fun and easy because we get so much support from school faculty, staff, students, and parents. DARE is being funded by a cooperative agreement between Siskiyou County’s Behavioral Health Services.”
A partner mentor and instructor, John Crovelle, BHS Substance Use Disorder Prevention Coordinator, attends the DARE graduations, Lopey said. He is also engaged in drug and alcohol prevention educational efforts such as “Keeping it Real,” and “Athlete Committed,” primarily taught at the middle school and high school levels.
“It is a tremendous thing to cover a wide variety of age groups in our Siskiyou County schools and we have a great partnership with John and BHS,” Lopey said.
Six DARE classes were provided to Grenada Elementary School. During the graduation, which featured Ms. Corbin’s fifth grade class and a packed house, the students performed a “choreographed dance and music presentation that was heralded by all in attendance as a stunning display of motivation, talent, and exuberance.”
Graduating DARE students were presented with t-shirts, certificates, and other mementoes of their DARE experience. Some received special medals for exemplary performance during DARE classes and for challenging homework assignments, which are also reviewed by parents or guardians.
Also in attendance were Siskiyou County Board of Supervisor Michael Kobseff, Crovelle, Lopey, and SCSO Captain Karl Houtman.
DARE will continue with Jacobsen teaching at as many Siskiyou County elementary schools possible during the current school year, said Lopey.
Jacobsen recently attended a 2-week DARE class in the Los Angeles area with SCSO Deputy Bob Buker, which was required for them to teach DARE curriculum.
“The class is demanding and requires students to provide a series of presentations to tenured DARE instructors. If they fail to meet standards, they must repeat the presentation and additional failures can result in their removal from DARE training,” Lopey explained.
Former SCSO Reserve Deputy David Nye helped mentor the newest DARE instructors and also attended the graduation.
“David is considered one of the most renowned DARE instructors in the state,” Lopey said.
DARE classes have been initiated or already presented at Big Springs Elementary School, Delphic Elementary School, Montague Elementary School, and Scott Valley Christian Academy.
Any school interested in DARE classes should contact Jacobsen at (530) 842-8300.