Each year, our 5th Graders at Baton Elementary benefit from the D.A.R.E. program led by Deputy J. Hawn. 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. and the school 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, Deputy Hawn, for your time & support that you give to our Baton students!
Deputy J. Hawn, D.A.R.E. Officer
DARE/SRO: The Drug Abuse Resistance Education and school resource officer’s programs consist of 7 deputies who work in conjunction with the Caldwell County Schools. Each of these officers has received specialized training in juvenile law and legal issues dealing with school settings. These deputies are in place to establish a liaison with school administration in a cooperative effort to prevent juvenile delinquency, maintain a safe and secure environment that is conducive to learning, to prevent criminal activities and disturbances, and promote positive attitudes regarding the role of Law Enforcement in society. Currently the Sheriff’s Office has SRO’s assigned to South Caldwell High School, West Caldwell High School, Gateway, Gamewell Middle School, Granite Falls Middle School, and Hudson Middle School. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Officers present the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum at Baton Elementary, Collettsville Elementary, Dudley Shoals Elementary, Gamewell Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary, Horizons Elementary, Hudson Elementary, King’s Creek Elementary, and Sawmills Elementary. The D.A.R.E. Officers also perform community service presentations to promote making good choices, prevent drug abuse, and inform students and citizens of their rights and responsibilities as lawful citizens.
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.
Visit D.A.R.E.'s web site: www.dare.com or D.A.R.E. Kids: www.dare.com/kids/