During its weekly meeting on December 4th the Thorndale Rotary Club presented Chief Brian R. Byerly of the Caln Township Police Department (P.D.) with a check for $1,000 to help fund the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. Thanks to the funding, 100 students from the 5th grade class of Caln Elementary School in Thorndale, PA will now be able to go through the D.A.R.E. program. Pictured from left to right is Caln Elementary Principal Mary Jean Wilson-Stenz with Chief Byerly. Also present was Jack Hines, Thorndale Rotary Club president, and Al Marland, District #7450 Governor.
The Pennsylvania Legislature cut the funds for the D.A.R.E program in Caln Township, so the P.D. reached out to the Thorndale Rotary Club for assistance. The Thorndale Rotary Club was able to secure a matching grant from the Rotary District #7450 which comprises over 50 Rotary clubs across Southeastern Pennsylvania. As a result, the funds collected will be able to cover 2/3 of the D.A.R.E. program’s annual budget. From Chief Byerly: “With the State funding cuts we had to rely on the local community to help us maintain the program in Caln Township. We thank the Rotary Club of Thorndale for stepping up in our time of need.”
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