Santarsiero Donates Cost of Living Raise to D.A.R.E.

Santarsiero on Thursday presented $1,210 to both the Newtown Township Police Department and the Lower Makefield Township Police Department to support the D.A.R.E. program.

For the second year in a row, State Rep. Steve Santarsiero has donated his cost-of-living raise to D.A.R.E. programs run by police departments in Newtown and Lower Makefield townships.

Santarsiero on Thursday presented $1,210 to each department to help fund Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs in the Council Rock and Pennsbury school districts.

Lt. Robert Matthews and Sgt. Mark Pentz accepted the donation on behalf of the Newtown Township Police Department. Chief Ken Coluzzi and Officer Michael Pell accepted on behalf of the Lower Makefield Township Police Department

“Finding funding for our community’s D.A.R.E. programs has been a priority for me since I began public service,” Santarsiero said. “Few drug awareness programs boast the return on investment that D.A.R.E. does for our schools. While I’m grateful that my donation will help further its mission, I remain committed to finding permanent sources to pay for an indispensable program in the fight against drug-related crime.

“Not only does D.A.R.E. raise awareness on the streets of our community, but it helps students recognize the danger drugs bring into their schools and, in some cases, into their family lives,” he added. “There is an uncountable number of adults and children whose lives have been touched by D.A.R.E. officers and initiatives.”

Ed B January 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM
uncle sam January 18, 2013 at 04:54 PM
D.A.R.E. has never been shown to have any affect on curbing the drug and alcohol use of its participants. Multiple scientific studies by public and private institutions indicate no difference between student populations who do and do not take part in the D.A.R.E. program. Mr. Santarsiero's donation of his pay increase is a fine gesture, but the money could have been put to a better cause. D.A.R.E. makes school moms feel comfy, but the bottom line is that it has no last effect on children.
R U guessing ? January 18, 2013 at 08:42 PM
he should donate his entire salary, since he does nothing !
Rose January 19, 2013 at 03:50 PM
D.A.R.E. fosters a good relationship between students and our local police and it nurtures what has to be a longer-term (middle school though high school) more comprehensive (parents, schools and community) effort to support kids to make good choices and avoid risky behaviors.
Michelle January 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM
2013, don't know who you are, but Steve attends just about everyone of our Boy Scout troop's Eagle Scout ceremonies. I called his office recently about an issue and his staff was extremely receptive. Sorry you haven't had the same experience with Steve that I have had.


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