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The Russell County Sheriff's Office started teaching DARE in 2000. This school based drug abuse reduction program not only focuses on the use and misuse of drugs, but the growing threat of violence that is gripping our nation and community. DARE gets uniformed Law Enforcement Officers into the schools in starting a rapport with children and become a resource that children may turn too in asking questions about drugs and violence.


To date, the Russell County Sheriff's Office  has provided this program to approximately 700 students in Russell County.

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The Russell County Sheriff's Office currently has two officers that are certified as DARE instructors, Undersheriff Andy Van Der Wege and Deputy Trevor Dinkel. Both of these officers attended the 80 hour DARE Officer Training,  a requirement for certification to teach DARE.


In the 10+ years of existence in the Russell County schools, DARE has modified the core curriculum twice. These modifications are the result of the national organization's vigilant efforts to keep Project DARE relevant in today's ever-changing world.  The Russell County DARE Program is funded by donations to the Sheriff’s Office Calendar and the Russell County Drug Fund.


2008 D.A.R.E. Presentation at Bickerdyke Elementary School


2008 Bickerdyke (Mrs. Feil’s) graduating class

D.A.R.E. is taught in all of Russell County's USD 407 school district which includes Russell and Luray reaching approximately 80 students per school year. The core curriculum is designed for those students that will be moving on to middle school the next school year, typically the 5th grade in Russell County schools. By focusing on this exit grade, officers are able to provide the knowledge and skills to enable these young people to resist the temptation to use drugs or react violently to problems.


Each 5th grade DARE school year ends with a culmination, a celebration of a DARE essay winner.  A DARE essay winner is picked and recognized for their commitment to stay drug and violence free.


2008 Luray 5th Grade DARE graduating class

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