DARE returning to city schools

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Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education members were introduced at their Monday evening meeting to a police officer who will be a familiar face in each of the district buildings this school year as a result of the return of the DARE program.

Beginning in just a few weeks, Bellefontaine Police Officer Andrew Kennedy will teach DARE to fifth-grade pupils and also will have a presence in the other school buildings as well. He said 100 percent of his time as a police officer will be devoted to working in the schools.

The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has not been in Bellefontaine City Schools since 2004, and it has recently become a possibility again after increased staffing levels at the police department.

“I know it’s going to be successful,” said Officer Kennedy, a 2001 Bellefontaine High School graduate. “I’m super excited to bring it back to the schools.”

“I’m going to be concentrating my time with the fifth-grade classes, but also will be spending time visiting each of the other school buildings. I want to focus on building relationships in all of the schools.”

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