The Stafford Technical Center SADD Chapter was advised by Bill Lucci, a parent of a student enrolled at Christ the King School, that the school's DARE or Drug Abuse Resistance Education program was in need of operating funds.
In response, the Rutland City Police Department agreed to provide the services of DARE instructor Officer Keith Lorman; Lorman received specific training to provide the DARE core curriculum to fifth or sixth graders.
Due to budget cuts, funds for the school's DARE program were not forthcoming.
Lucci told Stafford Technical Center SADD members about CKS teacher Mrs. Barbagallo's fifth grade class; the local SADD chapter voted to donate $200 to help run the Catholic school's programs.
SADD or Students Against Destructive Decisions is a peer leadership program designed to make students role models of responsible behaviors and to act to reduce negative behaviors, such as drug usage.
SADD Chapters rarely have additional funds, but the Stafford Center chapter just won $1,200 as national finalist in a contest involving distracted driving. (Local SADD members will vote for the winners, who will receive $10,000.)
The Stafford SADD Chapter is made up of Mill River Union High School students Kayla Jones, Nate Hance, James Reed, Cantlin Eaton, Cierra Phelps, Erika Stocker, and Haley Cotrupi, Rutland High School students Ashley Barnes, Chris Crout, Jamie Bonilla and Jordan Grenier, West Rutland High School student Kayla Stewart, Proctor High School student Kyle Lenher, and Otter Valley Union High School students Joanna Lilly and Geoffry McDonald.