D.A.R.E. program set to begin at Ahoskie Elementary School

Published 6:50 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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AHOSKIE – A program with a proven track record in the fight against illegal drugs that ruin the lives of young people is being reinstituted here next month.

In response to the many challenges facing today’s youth – to include the temptation to use drugs and alcohol, bullying, teen suicide, and social media safety, the Ahoskie Police Department will launch the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program on Nov. 6 at Ahoskie Elementary School.

The D.A.R.E. program is a nationally recognized initiative that focuses on educating young students about the dangers of drug abuse and equips them with the skills and knowledge needed to make informed, responsible decisions. For nearly four decades, the D.A.R.E. program has been a constant fixture in many schools throughout the country.

Ahoskie Elementary School administrators say they are eager to launch of the D.A.R.E. program.

Under the capable direction of the Ahoskie Police Department, the D.A.R.E. program will provide students with age-appropriate lessons and strategies to resist peer pressure and make healthy choices. Through interactive classroom sessions, students will gain a better understanding of the consequences associated with drug use, bullying, and other risky behaviors.

“I am excited to see the positive impact that the D.A.R.E. program will have on our students. Empowering our youth with the knowledge and skills to make safe and responsible choices is crucial in ensuring a bright future for our community,” stated Dr. Jesse Pratt, Superintendent of Hertford County Public Schools.