Police, fire crew join in D.A.R.E. fun

Youngsters get to cool off thanks to spray from a firefighter's water hose at D.A.R.E. Day activities. Photo by Ray Boc.

The serious business of making children aware early about the dangers of drugs and violence was blended with fun activities for youngsters during D.A.R.E. Day Friday (June 4) at Rappahannock County Elementary School.

Family members, friends and volunteers joined the kindergarten through seventh grade students.

A highly acclaimed program, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) curricula gives children the skills they need to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
D.A.R.E. Day includes traditional field day events such as sack races and a moon bounce as well as participation by the local fire and law enforcement departments.

Although the day was unrelentingly hot, the children were well prepared for it, getting sprayed by the Washington Fire Department to cool them down.

Credit goes out to Sgt. Tony Sisk of the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, who serves as the county D.A.R.E. officer; Jeff Brown; and Rhonda Jenkins, a physical education aide at the elementary school, and all the volunteers who help to pull this huge celebration off.

“I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time and service,” Sisk said. “Volunteers are what makes the event possible. Children really look forward to it each year.”

While children and adults alike enjoyed the event, most of all the message was clear for children to find ways to enjoy life without drugs and alcohol.