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Fostoria Police seeking funding for school DARE program

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The DARE program is held inside Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School. The DARE program is held inside Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School.
FOSTORIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The DARE program at Fostoria Schools could be on the chopping block for next school year.

The DARE program was recently revived at the school district, with January being the first time the program was seen since 2002, but  police say there's not enough funding to keep it going next year.   

Fostoria Police have applied for grant money from the Ohio Attorney General's Office to keep the program running. They're hoping to get between $50-70,000. That would allow the program to continue, and both of the current resource officers to remain working in the school system.

Police say the program is helping students talk with their parents about the problems they're having in school.

"[It helps them] be willing to talk to their parents, or talk to somebody, if they have problems identifying bullying in schools," said Captain Patrick Brooks.

Captain Brooks also said the DARE program is critical to helping students start a drug-free life.

The department will know about their funding status in the next few months.

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