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Oct. 20 DARE fund-raiser seeks money for drug education

D.A.R.E. America, the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, will return to Truckee elementary schools this year with the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club’s all-you-can-eat buffet and silent auction on Friday, Oct. 20.

Beginning at 5 p.m. at the Truckee Donner Park and Recreation Center, the buffet dinner is a showcase of Truckee cuisine from dozens of restaurants, delis, supermarkets and community organizations.

Tickets are $6 per person and $20 for a family.

The silent auction, which raised $4,000 for D.A.R.E. last year, will support the drug abuse resistance education program and includes gift certificates, prizes, arts and crafts and more.

“The dinner is fun. I go every year,” said Renee Arington, a fourth grade teacher with Truckee Elementary School. “I have a great time.”

The D.A.R.E. program places a NCSO officer in fifth grade elementary school classrooms for one hour for 17 weeks. Each student receives a T-shirt, a certificate of completion and school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and erasers.

Last year the event raised enough money to help start Project Alert, a drug abuse resistance and education program for children in middle school.

“I like working with kids,” said Terry Oats, School Resource Officer with Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s fun, and it keeps me young.”

Oats has been on the NCSO patrol for 15 years. A father of two and husband of a school teacher, Oats has been teaching kids through D.A.R.E. for four years.

“One of the benefits of the program is it puts a officer in the classroom. The kids get excited about it. A lot of them have never met an officer before,” he said.

Oats said a police officer’s uniform can build barriers between the individual and the kids. By maintaining a presence in the classroom, it’s easier to break down the barrier and get to know the kids. It reduces anxiety and increases communication, he said.

For more information about the all-you-can-eat buffet and silent auction or the D.A.R.E. program, contact Officer Terry Oats at 582-7838.

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