Middle School DARE Classes

When the final school bell rings in Leon County this week it'll also close the books on the first year of DARE education in middle schools.

This year Leon County middle schoolers were given another dose of DARE education, hoping to continue the "no drugs, no alcohol" message started in elementary school.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says it comes as many children confront smoking, drinking and drugs face to face for the first time.

SGT Tony Drzewiecki said, "This last school year we taught the DARE program in all the middle schools, and Belle Vue was very instrumental in being one of the pilot schools. It's been very successful. We're happy with the results and we're going to continue it into next year."
Seventh grader Chantel Fleming was one of dozens of DARE graduates at Belle Vue Middle School Tuesday. She won a bike for her essay on self respect.

The Sheriff's Department is even looking to expand DARE into Leon County high schools.