History of Price County D.A.R.E.
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education The Price County D.A.R.E. Program has been a key part of the Prentice School District since 1990 and was taught by then Deputy Sheriff Brian Schmidt. In 1997 Deputy Sheriff Laurie Zondlo became the new D.A.R.E. Instructor and has been committed to playing an active role in the D.A.R.E. program ever since.
Deputy Zondlo attends yearly training to receive updated information about the D.A.R.E. Program. In 2013, Deputy Zondlo received an award from the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officers Association as nominee for the prestigious D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award.
What is the Price County D.A.R.E. Program Deputy Zondlo teaches a 12-week curriculum in a classroom setting for students in the 4th and 5th grade in the Prentice School District. The program involves weekly lessons about making the right choices, choosing the right friends, and resisting drugs and violence. The program has detailed lessons on the harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, and prescription drugs. Other key lessons include internet safety, bullying and self esteem. The program ends with the Prentice High School senior role models speaking to the class and a final graduation ceremony for their efforts and commitment to stay drug and violence free.
D.A.R.E. Instructor Deputy Laurie Zondlo
How the Price County D.A.R.E. Program Funded
Since the program is not funded by taxpayer dollars or the school district, local fundraising is necessary for the continuation of this vital program. Thanks to local businesses and community support, the D.A.R.E. Program. Thanks to local businesses and community support, the D.A.R.E. Program has successfully been able to continue since 1990.
Recent donations to the program have supported the purchase of shirts, books, classroom materials, graduation prizes and the famous Green Bay Packer Football and Brewer Baseball trading cards. The 1959 Ford Fairlane D.A.R.E. car is also a result of donations from citizens. The D.A.R.E. car has been a huge symbol of the program and has been seen in many parades, fairs and school functions.
Commitment The Price County D.A.R.E. Program has graduated nearly 1,200 students since 1990 and we plan to continue to teach our children how special they really are and how to make the right choices to be drug and violence free.