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D.A.R.E. gets donation from Fairmont Minerals

Thanks to generosity from Fairmont Minerals, Pierce County Sheriff's DARE Officer Steve Albarado attended the National DARE conference last month. Albarado is pictured with Lauren Evans (left), Wisconsin Industrial Sand Regional Sustainable Development Coordinator, and Jeff Himes, Plant Manager for the Hager City operation. -- Photo by Jason Schulte

HAGER CITY -- Steve Albarado has said more than once in his previous four years as Pierce County Sheriff's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) officer, his budget is only $1,000, so he tries to spread it out as best he can.

When DARE announced a new curriculum would be introduced for the upcoming school year, Albarado had to do something he has only done once before--ask for donations.

Luckily, there was a local county business willing to take his cause.

Fairmont Minerals - Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company (WISC) donated $2,000 so Albarado could attend the National DARE conference last month in Atlanta, where he received training on the new curriculum.

"It wasn't expected, and greatly appreciated," Albarado said.

Lauren Evans, WISC Regional Sustainable Development Coordinator, explained, upon receiving donation requests, the company looks and see if it falls under one of the three P's - people, plan and prosperity. If it does, "and it's a great fit, we are glad to help," she said.

"If we prosper, we want the community to prosper," she continued.

In 2011, WISC donated $125,000 in the surrounding region. This year, that figure has already been surpassed.

The new curriculum, Albarado said, will focus on Social, Emotional and Learning issues, with bullying and peer pressure as secondary topics.

"The DARE program is so structured and consistent," he explained. "I could go into a different country and they would be teaching the same curriculum."

For more please read the August 29 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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