D.A.R.E. is a ten week program that is run by the Hanover Police Department in an effort to educate and proactively address issues with the youth in the town. This program used to be funded by the state, but with so many economic strains, the town funds the program.
Officer Mike McKeever has been the D.A.R.E. officer for many years and comes into fifth grade classes once a week for about 45 minutes to educate the students on issues regarding, alcohol, drugs and decision-making. Students are asked at the end of this program to write an essay about what they have learned in the classes.
The culminating event for D.A.R.E. is a graduation ceremony where community leaders and parents are asked to come and see what the program is about and how much the children have learned. This program is an excellent way of reaching our students had a young age and educating them about problems they will face before it is too late. It is an invaluable tool that Hanover is lucky to have at its disposal in reaching youth in the community.
Article: Andrea Hurley, Hanover Middle School
Photos: Stephen T. Ryerson