D.A.R.E. Carol Delp-Kurzeja

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR — March 10, 2011

March 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

Reader asks others to support D.A.R.E. Dear Chief Jones, Each afternoon, when my son walks in the door from Roguewood Elementary School, his main focus is how fast he can get to the snack pantry and sitting in front of ANY screen in the house. D.A.R.E. days are different. The front door is not even closed yet, when he starts talking about Officer Jehnzen’s stories, jokes and interesting facts during D.A.R.E. sessions at school. Officer Jehnzen has really made an impact on this 10-year-old boy. Honestly, the timing of RPD’s D.A.R.E. program couldn’t be better for our family. Mateo’s father has been working in Maui for the last three months, and the absence of his dad has made quite an impact on him. I am so grateful that Officer Jehnzen and the D.A.R.E. message is available to him at this difficult time in his life. Officer Jehnzen’s delivery is ideal for these kids. He holds their attention, entertains his audience and portrays the “cool factor,” which is imperative to get their minds wide open and receptive to the message of the program. D.A.R.E. is more than just saying no to drugs. It’s a message to the kids that being responsible, treating others fairly, and making good choices is the right way to live… and it’s “cool.” I may have taken the RPD’s D.A.R.E. program for granted in the past. I just assumed it would always be there for our kids in Rockford. I know the program struggles financially, and I hope it will be available to district’s future fifth-grade students, especially during these tough economic times. I plan on making a donation to the RPD’s D.A.R.E. program, and I hope others will, as well. After seeing my son’s response to only two sessions with Dave Jehnzen, I must admit that I have taken a closer look at the impact this program makes on our community’s children. I truly feel this program, especially under the guidance of Officer Jehnzen, is invaluable to the future of these young, impressionable fifth graders. Thank you for investing the department’s time, money and effort into Officer Jehnzen’s D.A.R.E. sessions. Interestingly, my son came out of his bedroom this morning for school, decked out from head to toe (including his socks!) […]