D.A.R.E. and OPP Anti-Bullying Program
Optimist Club and OPP deliver the D.A.R.E. Program to area schools
Since 1998 the Collingwood Optimist Club has been sponsoring the D.A.R.E. Program in area schools directed at grade 4-6 students who choose to become involved with the program. Each program is conducted weekly over a 2 month period and students receive certificates and T-shirts in the graduation program for each session. There are about 12 programs a year with an average of 25 students. This has been considered a very important program to provide drug and alcohol education that directs the students away from the pressures they receive to take part in drugs and alcohol.
OPP Anti-Bullying Program
For the past few years, we have been funding a new initiative that is aimed at reducing violence and threatening behaviour in schools and on the internet between students. This program has seen some excellent results in an attempt to ensure self-esteem and a sense of security for all students.