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MCPHERSON – A big congratulations to the 5th Graders of McPherson USD 418 Lincoln Elementary 5th Graders for graduating from the D.A.R.E. program.

Under the guidance of the McPherson Police Department’s D.A.R.E. specialist, Officer Dusty Voth and the school leadership of Lincoln Elementary Principal Cody Rierson, the kids completed the D.A.R.E. program which is designed to help direct youth to stay clear of drugs.

D.A.R.E. Program

The purpose of the D.A.R.E. program is a partnership with parents and schools to inform and educate elementary and middle school students about the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants and other drugs. D.A.R.E. is also set up to show the students how important it is to make wise and healthy choices and how to deal with peer pressure to avoid negative consequences.

While the D.A.R.E. program began in 1983 in Los Angeles, California, it has since spread around the world and began in McPherson County under the direction of then Sheriff Larry Powell in 1993.

The McPherson County D.A.R.E program was initially lead by Captain Doug Anderson who received his D.A.R.E. Officer training at Colorado Springs, Colorado and began teaching the program at the Inman, Canton, and Galva Elementary Schools.

The following school year, Captain Anderson took the D.A.R.E. program to Soderstrom Elementary in Lindsborg, Marquette Elementary, Windom Elementary and Moundridge Middle School.

D.A.R.E. is now taught in the McPherson Elementary schools, Lindsborg Middle School, Moundridge Middle School, Inman Elementary and Little River Junior High School as well as Canton/Galva Middle Shcool.

In 2019, Deputy Temri Vogt took over as the McPherson County’s D.A.R.E. Officer and is looking to continue the great legacy of education and service that the agency has provided to the communities within McPherson County.

The McPherson Police Department runs the D.A.R.E. program for McPherson USD 418 under the tutelage of Officer Dusty Voth.

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