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Dona Ana County, NM — The New Mexico Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officers’ Association held its annual training conference in Silver City this month, which was attended by D.A.R.E. officers from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office.

The annual training offers facilitators updates on classroom curricula, classroom management techniques, attending to children with special needs and acquiring additional resources for D.A.R.E. programs in schools.

The conference also introduced Brighton Joe Turner, the new D.A.R.E. Youth Advisor to the state-wide D.A.R.E. board of directors. Brighton is a sophomore at Centennial High School and hopes to help grow the program statewide to impact more children in a positive way.

“As a D.A.R.E. student in the 5th grade, this program gave me the tools I needed to make good decisions and wise choices for myself,” said Turner. “It is an invaluable resource that every student in middle school should experience.”

The 23 attending officers represented 173 New Mexico elementary school classes which included an estimated 2,772 students that graduated from the D.A.R.E. program.

To find out how to start a D.A.R.E. program in your community or classroom, please contact D.A.R.E. coordinator Jim Beasley or the New Mexico D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association president Ronnie Granados at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, (575) 525-8847 or via email, jimb@donaanacounty.org.

From www.ktsm.com

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