LIMA – More than 1,000 school kids from nine area schools and two from Van Wert attended the annual D.A.R.E. event Thursday at the Lima/Allen County Civic Center to celebrate graduation from the 10-week program. (view photo gallery here)
The crowd was entertained by the band Syren which has been the D.A.R.E band since it started in 1995 to support the program. The band is a well known classic rock band from Lima, Ohio playing under the name Blame it on Shorty on weekends and other venues throughout northwest Ohio. Two of the current band members are local deputies. The young crowd loved and applauded songs and many sang along to, “Uptown Funk”, Taking Care of Business”, Jessie’s Gal and then they really let loose with cheers and raised arms for “The Summer of 69”! Learn more about the band »
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office sponsors the D.A.R.E. Program in the Allen County Schools in either the 5th or 6th grade. D.A.R.E. teaches the kids how to make good decisions and the dangers of tobacco, drugs and alcohol plus much more. When the students graduate from the D.A.R.E. Program, the Sheriff’s Office treats them to the annual D.A.R.E. Concert.
Allen County D.A.R.E. Program Coordinator Deputy Mike White (Deputy Mike as he is known in the schools) said the celebration is a fun way to congratulate the kids on completing the program. (view photo gallery here)
He also mentioned several upcoming events that he hopes people will support. Since there is no budget for the D.A.R.E. Program, the Sheriff’s Office relies strictly on donations from the community to fund the programs and activities.
100% of money raised for the Allen County D.A.R.E. Program at the events put on by the Sheriff’s Office stays in Allen County for our kids.
Upcoming D.A.R.E. events in Allen County:
D.A.R.E. Walk Against Drugs and Violence
Where: Ottawa Metro Park, 2632 Ada Rd., Lima, Ohio
Details: Bring the family to the park for a day of fun. We will have volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole and a bounce house for everyone to enjoy. Sheriff’s K-9 unit demo at 1 p.m. Raise some money for the Allen County D.A.R.E. Program and have a chance to win some GREAT prizes. We have Cedar Point, Kings Island & COSI tickets. Bowling package from Westgate, roller skates from Edgewood Skate Arena, gift certificates to Shirley’s popcorn and Shannon Theatre, plus an 18″ DAREN LION. Information is available at sheriffallencounty.com or there are brochures available at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office or in the schools.
Memorial Day Parade
Where: Downtown Lima
Details: Parade will travel south down Main Street ending at Spring Street. This year’s parade will honor women veterans from all wars.
Delphos D.A.R.E. Camp
Where: Franklin Elementary School, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Details: Kids in the 4th thru 8th grade can attend the camp. For only $20.00, you will receive a camp shirt, lunch and many activities such as bowling, swimming and a day at Kangaroo Cave. There will Cedar Point, Kings Island tickets, bicycles and many other prizes given away. There are a limited number of forms available in the school offices, Delphos Police Department or at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office. High School kids are needed as Youth Leaders. Register now »
Visit the Allen County Sheriff’s Website to read more about the program, see upcoming events and learn about the D.A.R.E. mission of teaching kids the dangers of drugs, tobacco and alcohol. The ten week program is focused on helping to learn how to make good decisions and how to handle peer pressure and why friends and family are so important.