Each year, our 5th Graders at Baton Elementary benefit from the D.A.R.E. program led by Lt. Jimmy Harrison. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
D.A.R.E. provides students with pencil packs, pencils, erasers, rulers, stickers, zipper pulls, pencil pennants, water bottles, bumper stickers, dare pins, workbooks, a certificate, medal, and a shirt. All graduates get to go to Bo's Family Fun in Lenoir after graduation!
Thank you, Lt. Harrison, for all your time & support that you give to our Baton students!
Lt. Jimmy Harrison, D.A.R.E. Officer
DARE in Caldwell County was started in 1991 by former Sheriff Roger Hutchings and Sgt. Eddie Bowman. Jamie Parsons, a local business owner was willing to do whatever it took to provide DARE to the children of Caldwell County. The three of them worked out a fundraiser in the form of an annual golf tournament that continues to this date.
The salaries of the officers is the only tax funded part of DARE program. All other money for the program is gathered from donations and annual fundraisers. These funds go directly to the classrooms.
Two officers are assigned full time to DARE, sharing responsibilities of teaching the elementary and middle school curriculum.