During the Summer of 2023, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office is again offering C.A.R.E. and D.A.R.E. Camp to homeschoolers and private school children. C.A.R.E. Camp is for students in grades 2nd-4th and D.A.R.E. Camp is for students in grades 5th-7th. The camps are four hours a day during the week of July 31- August 4, 2022. The camp will take place at the Randolph County Emergency Services Headquarters located at 760 New Century Dr., Asheboro, NC 27205 (across the parking lot from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office). Application Deadline is June 23, 2023
C.A.R.E., founded in Randolph County in 1992, stands for Child Abuse Reduction Effort. Specially trained, uniformed law enforcement officers teach the 12-week program to second graders in the Randolph County Schools, Asheboro City Schools, Uwharrie Charter Academy, Faith Christian School, Asheboro Hybrid Academy, and Fayetteville Street Christian School. Through C.A.R.E., students, their teachers and parents all learn to identify what abuse is. The curriculum is well designed and expertly taught. Second grade students really love C.A.R.E., not just because of the teaching materials, such as drawing, coloring, playing games, singing songs or even the character Carey, but because of the sincere concern of the C.A.R.E. Officer. It was once said…. “It is better to build a child than repair a broken man or woman.”
“We believe and hope that the C.A.R.E. program can be a learning tool to teach children about child abuse. This program promotes wellness and safety through several teaching strategies. It gives the child the means to recognize what abuse is, it lets the child know that they have a right to feel safe at all times and gives the child a network of trusted adults to tell if abuse does occur. The program is also used as a deterrent to any possible abuser because they are aware that the child has gained the knowledge through C.A.R.E. to help protect themselves." -Former Sheriff Litchard D. Hurley, Founder
Since 1987, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has been pleased to provide Project D.A.R.E, a valuable course of instruction, to all Randolph County Schools, Uwharrie Charter Academy, Faith Christian School, Asheboro Hybrid Academy, and Fayetteville Street Christian School fifth grade students. It is a program designed to teach the students how to “SAY NO” to illegal drugs and pressures placed upon them by peers, based upon reason rather than internal and external forces. Project D.A.R.E. teaches the children how to weigh negative and positive consequences, how to build good self-esteem, recognize and deal with peer type pressures and much more. These are all very important factors that the child will face in the upcoming years that will surely have an influence on his or her life. We must not lose sight of our younger generation. As the saying goes, “Our young people of today will be our leaders of tomorrow.” Let us join together and afford them the vital opportunity they need to live in a drug free society.
At the end of the programs, each child will graduate with a certificate of completion and a T-shirt.