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The Times
  • Herkimer D.A.R.E. run set for Aug. 18

  • The 17th annual D.A.R.E. 5K Run and the second annual Junior Fun Run will take place this Saturday and will support the program taught to sixth-graders by the Herkimer Police Department.

    Herkimer Patrolman Steven Elwood, who also serves as the department’s D.A.R.E. officer, said the reason for the run is to promote and raise funds for the program.

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  • The 17th annual D.A.R.E. 5K Run and the second annual Junior Fun Run will take place this Saturday and will support the program taught to sixth-graders by the Herkimer Police Department.
    Herkimer Patrolman Steven Elwood, who also serves as the department’s D.A.R.E. officer, said the reason for the run is to promote and raise funds for the program.
    “The Herkimer Police Department is one of the only police departments running the program in this area. Mainly because of budget cuts and lack of funding, other places are not able to bring the D.A.R.E. program to their schools,” he said. “Fortunately, Herkimer has always been supportive of the program. I hope to keep this program alive and well in this area, but we can’t do it without the continuing support of the community.”
    Herkimer Elementary School Principal Kathy Carney said the 12-week program allows for Elwood to meet with students to talk about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and how to deal with peer pressure and bullying. “[It] teaches them how to become more confident and to stand up for themselves,” said Carney during a telephone interview on Monday. “One of the things that Officer Elwood does is he builds a positive rapport with the kids and it helps them to understand.”
    The program at the school is only for the sixth-graders, which is about 80 students for the 2012 - 2013 school year at Herkimer Elementary School.
    The program also serves sixth-graders at St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School.
    “It’s a good age,” said Carney. “It’s the year before they transition into junior-senior high and it provides them with a better awareness of some of the obstacles they may face in high school.”
    Both runs will begin and end in front of the historic Herkimer County Jail on North Main Street in Herkimer. The Junior Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k run will start at 9:15 a.m.
    The time for pre-registration has passed, but registration is still available.
    Organizers are looking for more runners and are encouraging team competitions, which requires a minimum of four people per team.
    Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for the fun run. Teams and families will be $20 per person. T-shirts will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 18.
    An award ceremony and post-race party will be provided after the run. There will also be refreshments and a DJ performance. Visitors will have a chance to be part of a television raffle.
    Awards will be given to the top three males and females in the following categories: 12 years of age and younger, ages 12-15, ages 16-19, ages 20-29, ages 30-39, ages 40-49, ages 50-59, ages 60-69 and 70 years of age and old. All Fun Run Participants will receive a T-shirt.
    Page 2 of 2 - The top junior high and senior high teams will receive individual metals. In the team competition, winners will be determined by the total accumulated time of the first four finishers.
    D.A.R.E. — which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education — has its curriculum developed by educators, but is taught by officers, according to its website, www.dare.com. Seventy-five percent of school districts in America have a D.A.R.E. program, and it is taught in 43 countries.
    The runs are fundraisers for the D.A.R.E. program, therefore any runner wishing to help raise money may do so by getting sponsors. Any runner collecting pledges totaling $100 or more will have their entry fee waived, and receive a D.A.R.E. awareness bracelet.
    Elwood can be contacted at 866-4330 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., or by email at dareherkimer@yahoo.com or Herkimer D.A.R.E. at www.facebook.com. Registration forms are available online at its Facebook page. Donations are also accepted by check.
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