A new program is on its way to Richmond County to educate kids about drug prevention and alcohol abuse.
The program called CHAMPS will replace the current DARE program.
The last DARE graduation kicks off at 2 p.m. Thursday where 5th graders will learn about DRUGS, ABUSE, RESISTANCE, EDUCATION.
Richmond County started DARE in 1986 – so it's a staple at many schools for nearly 3 decades, and taught at schools around the world.
Some investigators say DARE is losing steam and that's why Richmond County is adopting a new program called CHAMPS: CHOOSING HEALTH ACTIVITES AND METHOD PROMOTING SAFETY.
The Georgia Sheriff's Association sponsors the CHAMPS program which is similar to DARE.
CHAMPS is Georgia based and allows for a flexible curriculum pertinent to that county where officers share their experience with students.
Students will learn about bullying, gangs, drugs, peer pressure, smoking under the new program.
McDuffie County has used the CHAMPS program for the last 8 years, and Warren County uses it as well.