DARE program set to return to Bucyrus Elementary

DARE program set to return to Bucyrus Elementary
Posted on 10/20/2017

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is returning to Bucyrus Elementary School thanks to the support of the community and State Farm.

Citizens from Bucyrus and surrounding communities participated in voting for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist competition. The City of Bucyrus finished with enough votes to earn a $25,000 grant to bring the D.A.R.E. program back to BES.

“Today, more and more towns, municipalities, and citizens are coming together to creatively make communities safer, stronger and better educated,” said State Farm agent Nathan Hinesman. “It is awesome to represent a company that not only recognizes the importance of community, but develops programs like Neighborhood Assist that can have massive impact on the local level.”

The D.A.R.E. program at the Bucyrus Elementary will be taught by Bucyrus Police Department School Resource Officer Jo Stahl. Bucyrus Mayor Jeff Reser sees this as an opportunity to continue building a stronger relationship with the school.

“The State Farm grant allows us to expand the current program by allowing us to create a deeper partnership with the Bucyrus City School District,” said Reser. “The entire community benefits when the D.A.R.E program has the proper funding to reach our students at a critical age.”

There has been a groundswell of initiative in the Bucyrus and Crawford County area the past several years with communities partnering with law enforcement and courts to move Crawford County from the top ten of Ohio's 88 counties to the bottom twenty in per capita rate of overdoses.

“We are thankful for the State Farm grant because it allows us to expand D.A.R.E. programming to more age groups and continue building positive relationships between youth and law enforcement,” said Bucyrus Police Chief David Koepke. “The grant helps provide training for D.A.R.E. officers and needed resources for curriculum and supplies for the students.”

The D.A.R.E. program has been taught in the Bucyrus City School District at the sixth-grade level by Crawford County Sheriff Deputy Christopher Martin the past 4 years. Sheriff Scott Kent sees the expansion of the program to the younger grades as a win for Bucyrus and Crawford County.

“This grant will allow the Bucyrus Police Department to reach the students that Deputy Martin is unable to reach because of time constraints,” said Sheriff Kent. “This a great win for our entire community, and I’m excited to see how the Elementary students will interact with Deputy Martin when they move to the sixth-grade program.”

“I am so thankful for State Farm, Nathan Hinesman, the City of Bucyrus and our entire community,” said Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel. “This grant allows our district to expand the educational opportunities for students through the strengthening of our partnership with the City of Bucyrus, and it will better prepare students for the D.A.R.E. curriculum in sixth grade with Deputy Martin.”

For more information about the Neighborhood Assist grant, or other opportunities to help the community, please visit Neighborhood of Good at https://neighborhoodofgood.statefarm.com/.