D.A.R.E. Program Notes:
D.A.R.E. To Resist Drugs and Violence
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.
This year the Henniker Police Department is celebrating its 25th year of teaching D.A.R.E. in the Henniker Community School. We have maintained a great partnership with the Henniker Community School throughout the last 25 years. We both maintain our commitment to the health and safety of our youngest community members.
The program has been taught mostly at the fifth grade level. We have found that young people start to make poor decisions in middle school and in 2006 we started teaching the middle school D.A.R.E. curriculum to seventh graders.
For the D.A.R.E. program to be successful we need to work as a team, the police department, the school district, the community, and the parents. We should all strive to keep our youth drug and violence free.
The Henniker D.A.R.E. program is funded by the Henniker Police Association through our yearly calender, the Masons, and private donations.
For the year 2014 Officer Michael Martin instructed D.A.R.E. to the fifth and seventh grades. In the fifth grade he graduated 45 students, and in the seventh grade he graduated 50 students. For the fifth grade a graduation ceremony was held at the Henniker Community School.
The seventh grade had a pizza party to celebrate their completion of the program.
We would like to thank the New Harvester Market, Dunkin Donuts (Henniker), and McDonalds (Hillsboro), and Sonnys Pizza for their support.
The fifth grade essay winner was asked to ride in the cruiser with Chief Murdough during the Memorial Day Parade.
Congratulations D.A.R.E. graduates!!