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RCSD gears up for DAREScream

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, Forest Drive Baskin- Robbins Ice Cream Shop, Groucho’s Deli, and the Forest Acres Restaurant & Merchant Association (FARMA) will team up to host the 11th Annual “D.A.R.E.SCREAM Night”. The event will take place on October 5, 2017, from 2:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Baskin- Robbins, 4711 Forest Drive.   

The Sheriff is looking forward to making this a huge event to raise funds to support D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). The sales profits will be donated to the South Carolina D.A.R.E. Training Center, and go towards purchasing D.A.R.E. training materials for students in all three school districts. Richland County conducts all D.A.R.E. officer training for the State of South Carolina. D.A.R.E. educational programs target students at the 5th and 7th grade levels. Sheriff Leon Lott and Baskin-Robbins owner, Mr. Spears Westbrook have committed to this celebration in an effort to raise awareness and support for D.A.R.E program. 

DARESCREAM Night” is a community based effort that is held annually, it is unique in the United States.  Parents, children, law enforcement, and school personnel come together in an environment conducive to positive interaction. The Sheriff, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Drew Hampton, owner of Groucho’s, Richland County School Resource Officers/D. A.R.E. instructors, Richland County Live P.D., Community Action Team (CAT) deputies, Chester County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Columbia Police Department, and Forest Acres Police Department are encouraging students and families to come out for “DARESCREAM Night”.  Enjoy a free night of safe fun; of course we encourage you to purchase your favorite ice cream flavor at $1.50 per scoop and food from the vendors that will be on hand this year.  

“DARESCREAM Night” will feature Sheriff Leon Lott, Chief Wash James (Richland County Sheriff’s Department), Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon of Richland School District One, James Ann Sheley & Marshalyn Franklin of Richland School District Two, Dr. Michael Harris of Lexington/Richland District Five, along with Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins as “Celebrity Dippers” serving you ice cream. Principals will be in be a friendly Ice Cream Clown-Cone building contest. There will be various activities like face painting, a bicycle safety course, Capital Karate, police vehicles, DARE Trucks, Kid’s Identification Program, Mounted Horse Patrol, Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Helicopter, a bounce house and obstacle course. Entertainment will be provided by theThunder Pigs”, with their nationally released Wicked Cool Records hit “Everytime”, http://thethunderpigs.com/index.html.  Mr. Tripp Miller of Soccer Plus an official with SC United Football (soccer) will be on hand to see how fast you can kick a soccer ball (speed detected by radar), and much more.   

Check out the poster contest for 5th or 7th grade D.A.R.E. students with prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place; winners will be announced at 7:00 p.m. good luck students! 

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that approximately12, 000 students went through the D.A.R.E. program last school year -- to learn more about D.A.R.E. go to www.rcsd.net/dare


September 14, 2017

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