The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program has been a going concern in the Walla Walla area for decades.

Fifth-graders hear about D.A.R.E. in classroom presentations that cover such purported gateway drugs as tobacco, alcohol, inhalants and cannabis, and how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

As fifth-graders, “they’re at the age level when they haven’t had a drug offer, but statistically will receive a drug offer the next couple of years,” said Officer Al Schneidmiller in a 2005 U-B article.

The Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office notes online that millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. this year. One of its deputies teaches the program in local schools.

The Los Angeles Police Department launched the program in 1983 to give kids skills they can use to avoid involvement in violence, drugs and gangs.  

As the local program is funded separately from taxpayer dollars, proceeds will be raised through the annual Spooky Spaghetti Dinner in partnership with Walla Walla Area Crime Watch, Walla Walla Sheriff’s Foundation and Walla Walla County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers.

So, from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 31, the pasta meal will be served for $5 each or $20 for a family of six at Bacon & Eggs, 57 E. Main St.

Image via Wikimedia Commons; unedited

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,