P. O. BOX 2120
August 28, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program

  The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program was
  implemented in Virginia in 1985.  Since that time, educational
  supplies and materials such as workbooks and educational
  charts, for the program have been provided to localities
  through grant funds administered by the Virginia Department of
  State Police.  For the 1998-1999 school year, grant funds are
  only available for the Virginia State Police to purchase and
  distribute workbooks for the elementary D.A.R.E. programs.

  Due to a reduction in grant funding, there is a need for
  public schools and law enforcement agencies to purchase
  workbooks for D.A.R.E. junior high/middle school and senior
  high school programs.  Under the guidelines for use of Safe
  and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) funds,
  local money may be used to purchase educational supplies and
  materials for the D.A.R.E. program.  Each school division has
  a contact person responsible for the administration of these
  funds.  D.A.R.E. officers and SDFSCA coordinators need to work
  cooperatively to secure workbooks and educational supplies
  necessary for implementing D.A.R.E. programs.

  Attached is a list of expenditures appropriate for supporting
  D.A.R.E. programs with SDFSCA funds, plus a list of the SDFSCA
  coordinators in Virginia.  Local officers are encouraged to
  contact SDFSCA coordinators to discuss local options for
  support of the D.A.R.E. secondary programs.

  If you have questions regarding the D.A.R.E. program, please
  contact Myra Shook, D.A.R.E. Educational Coordinator,  at 
  (804) 371-7586.  For questions regarding SDFSCA programming,
  contact Arlene Cundiff, Coordinator of Safe and Drug-Free
  Schools Programs, at (804) 225-2871.


  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.

  cc:     First Sergeant John Morykon, III
          Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinators