D.A.R.E. Halton School Day With THE TORONTO MARLIES<br />Join us on November 24th, 2010 for our 3rd annual event. <br />1<br />
Maple Leaf Sports & D.A.R.E. Halton<br /> Back in 2007 D.A.R.E. Halton was contacted by representatives of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) about a possible partnership to assist in raising both awareness and money for the Drug Awareness Education Programm. Both DARE and MLSE share a common goal… to educate youth about drugs, alcohol and violence. <br />In 2008 the MLSE AHL franchise Toronto Marlies asked for and received league approval to move a regular season game to 11:30am to allow schools to participate in the first DARE Day with The Toronto Marlies. This was no small feat and demonstrated a strong commitment on the part of both MSLE and the league to the DARE program. <br />
The Event<br /> The DARE School Day with the Toronto Marlies is a full day event held at Ricoh Coliseum. The day begins in the morning with buses arriving at the school to pick up students. All buses are arranged by MLSE. <br />Students are treated to a regular season AHL league game between the Toronto Marlies and the Grand Rapids Griffins. During the game students are also exposed to a series of Public Service Announcements on the big screen supporting the DARE curriculum. Between periods students can cheer on their own DARE officer competing in an on ice challenge. <br />The scheduled end time of the game allows students to return to their pre-assigned busses for the return trip to their schools in time for the end of the school day. <br />
Celebrate D.A.R.E.<br />This event is a celebration of the DARE program in Halton Region and is endorsed by the Halton District Public School Board, The Halton District Catholic School Board and the Halton Regional Police Service.<br /> The game is not only attended by students and their teachers from both school boards but also by senior members of the Police Service as well as by senior representatives of both the Public and Catholic school Boards. <br />And during the festivities the biggest applause is reserved for the Halton Police School Resource officers who teach the DARE program in the schools. This event helps to reinforce the special relationship that exists between the officers and the students. <br />4<br />
5<br />More Than Just a Hockey Game<br />D.A.R.E. and MLSE are committed to making this event more than just a hockey game. <br />During the event the students are exposed to a series of messages that are an extension of the decision making skills they are taught as part of the DARE program.<br />The presence of the School Resource Officers as well as other senior members of the Police Service at the game further position this event as an extension of the DARE curriculum. <br />And proceeds from the game go directly into the DARE program in Halton region. <br />
As with any event of this magnitude the first year was one of learning and not without it’s challenges. However in year two improvements and changes were made to better accommodate the logistics ofsuch a large single event.<br />These included:<br /><ul><li> More attention to buses and bus schedules. Additional personal were assigned to the logistics of moving those attending to and from the event.
Improved communication and logistics at Ricoh Coliseum. This allowed for a smooth and well coordinated drop off and pick up of students.
The start time of the game was moved from 11:30am in year one to 11:00am to accommodate bus schedules. The result was that the majority of students were able to remain for the entire game.</li></li></ul><li>This years event promises to be the best yet! It is scheduled to be held on November 24th, 2010 at Ricoh Coliseum. Information kits with details on how to participate will be distributed to all schools in both the Public and Catholic schools by the end of September. <br />The cost again this year is $20 per student which includes all transportation costs, game tickets and a donation to the DARE program.<br />Over the past two years this event has raised more than $15,000 for the DARE program in Halton Region. These proceeds go directly to the program and help pay for in class materials and to offset the costs incurred by the Police Service in the program delivery. <br />
This program is run by volunteers of the DARE Halton Board. This group of individuals donate their time to ensuring the ongoing sustainability of this important youth initiative in Halton Region.<br />Please help to ensure the ongoing success of this program by signing your classrooms up now. <br />If you require additional information please contact:<br />Mark Manias<br />Toronto Marlies<br />416-263-3914<br />email@example.com<br />Or<br />Mike Gorman<br />Chair, DARE Halton Board<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />