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Funds found for Campbell River DARE program

The DARE program in Campbell River, which appeared to be in financial trouble last month, has righted the ship.

Coun. Larry Samson told council at its Jan. 7 meeting that councillors can “disregard”  DARE B.C.’s letter to council asking for funding.

“The DARE program does not need funding this year,” said Samson, who is sits on the city’s public safety sub-committee.

“They have adequate funding from the different groups and organizations within Campbell River.

“So as per that letter, I’ll say disregard, because there’s adequate funding to run the program this year.”

Gary Cleave, development officer with the DARE BC Society, had written a letter asking council to consider providing an annual grant to help pay for material costs.

“Without such a commitment some students may not receive a full set of learning materials,” Cleave wrote, adding the program has been struggling with funding shortfalls.

“During the last two school years, insufficient funds were raised to cover the full cost of the materials for your students.”

The DARE program is offered to Campbell River students, at no cost to schools, in Grades 5 and 6 by local RCMP officers to encourage kids to avoid the use of drugs and alcohol.

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