Funds were recently given to the Apache Junction Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program by members of a local drug-prevention coalition, which is dissolving.
“We have a nice donation for our local D.A.R.E. program. We have a check for $5,000 to our local D.A.R.E program,” Councilmember Christa Rizzi, a member of the Apache Junction Drug Prevention Coalition, said.
She and coalition members Gil Cropper, Robert Matsch and Chair Shelly Verley presented the check at the Aug. 18 Apache Junction City Council meeting.
“Bob and Christa and Gil have been a part of this coalition from the very beginning — in 2008 — and they still carry that mantle to this day. And I just wanted to recognize and appreciate all of their efforts. Their impact on this community is completely immeasurable and very difficult to express in words,” Coalition Chair Verley said.
“As far as the D.A.R.E. program goes, that program is just so incredibly worthy,” she said. “I’ve been in education for 30 years, so I’ve seen how dynamic it is, how it impacts kids and how it went from teaching peer resistance, yes; teaching being able to be aware of the dangers of drug use, yes; but most recently it is now teaching a complete decision-making model where any choice that a child is faced with — at that age, a ... youngster I should say — this model just helps them make better choices all the way around.”