Today the opioid crisis, coupled with rampant abuse of drugs and alcohol are crippling our nation’s youth. The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program is a kindergarten through high school program which deals not only with drug issues, but life skills as well. It does this by providing students with factual information on drugs, gangs and violence and the consequences of becoming involved in high-risk behavior.
D.A.R.E. teaches coping skills to resist the pressure to use drugs or to become involved in dangerous activities. It offers this in a school environment which fosters a positive relationship with a community-based police officer.
A portion of the proceeds from the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire Annual Charity Fund Drive is dedicated to the support of the D.A.R.E. Program. Last evening our Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master attended a D.A.R.E. Banquet and presented a donation on behalf of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire to Trooper First Class Richard Perreault of the New Hampshire State Police to help support the D.A.R.E. Program. Trooper Perreault is the New Hampshire State D.A.R.E. Coordinator.
Thank you once again to the many Freemasons of New Hampshire for your generous contributions to the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire Annual Charity Fund Drive.