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Shelby student nominated to National D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board
Shelby student nominated to National D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board
Posted on 09/11/2018
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Jack Droelle, a 9th grader at Shelby Junior High, was at home preparing for the start of his freshman year when he received the good news that he had been selected to be the Michigan representative to the National D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Youth Advocacy Board.

Nominated by Officer Leslie Heisler, the D.A.R.E. officer for the Shelby Township Police Department, Droelle was surprised to hear he had been selected from a statewide pool of student candidates.  However, most who know Jack are not surprised at all.  Droelle’s community involvement runs deep including founding a Junior Optimist Club and leading a fundraiser for the local non-profit, Macomb Foster Closet.  He is very excited for all the opportunities that come along with his new role including speaking to UCS 6th graders in the D.A.R.E. program and traveling to speaking engagements in other communities.

Selected for their academic achievement and leadership qualities, the board seats youth of exceptional dedication and commitment from across the country to act as liaisons between D.A.R.E. America and the communities.  It is composed of 50 members, one student from each state.

“Jack is an outstanding student and will make a wonderful D.A.R.E. ambassador,” said Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent of Schools.  “We are very pleased to have him represent Utica Community Schools here in our community, across the state and the country.  Peer-to-peer, Jack’s message will resonate with fellow students.  His commitment to lead a healthy and safe lifestyle along with his pledge to be a positive role model are traits that exemplify the best in UCS students.”

“We were thrilled to get word that our local nominee for the D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy Board was awarded a spot on the National Committee,” announced Shelby Township Chief of Police Robert J. Shelide.  “It is important that our local kids feel like they have a voice in their future, and Jack is getting the opportunity to be that voice. Our D.A.R.E. program aims at helping kids to make good choices and to lead safe and healthy lifestyles.  Jack embodies that idea, and we are sure he will represent us well with his insight and commitment to this community.   We expect to see great things come from his participation on this board.”

School safety and security remains a top priority for UCS.  Programs such as D.A.R.E. give students strategies to address critical issues such as bullying, digital citizenship and substance abuse as well as an opportunity to have a positive interaction with local law enforcement officers.