5/27/12 D.A.R.E. Officers recognized

D.A.R.E. Officers recognized
The Times-News 5/27/12     
Reprinted with permission.

   LOCAL DARE OFFICERS were recognized by the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education for their work with students in the Alamance-Burlington School System. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

   School system spokeswoman Jenny Faulkner said Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson is credited with bringing the national program here in 1987 when he was with the State Bureau of Investigation.

   Along with Johnson, Burlington police officers Jack Boyles and Chad Laws, Graham police officer Chris Earhart and Haw River Police Sgt. Scott Thomas were recognized by the school board.

   School board member Tony Rose thanked DARE officers for their work in putting together the program’s 15th annual middle school basketball tournament in February. He said the tournament had record attendance and raised more than $7,000 to benefit local middle schools. Rose said Burlington DARE officers put together the tournament, but it is open to other middle schools in the system and money raised benefits athletic programs at each of the schools.