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Generations Bank Donates Key Materials For The 2019-2020 DARE Program

Posted On: 09/20/2019

Seneca Falls, N.Y. - Generations Bank announced today that it has distributed key materials for the DARE program for 1,500 students in the 2019/2020 school year. This annual contribution is part of the Bank’s 5 year commitment to the D.A.R.E. program which runs through 2020.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, DARE Officers from Cayuga, Seneca and Ontario counties joined bank officials and representatives from the New York State DARE Officers Association to pick up materials for the 2019/2020 school year. Elementary students in Auburn, Clifton Springs, Geneva, Phelps, Romulus, Seneca Falls, Southern Cayuga, South Seneca and Waterloo will benefit from the materials. Total contribution for the materials this year is $6,600.

In 2017, Romulus became the first school statewide to teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education course using a digital planner. This year, the Seneca Falls Police Department and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office will also be using digital planners to teach the course. The 10-week course essentially costs the same whether it’s the traditional workbook or digital version. “Teaching DARE using a digital app and chrome book makes sense considering today’s youngsters are so tech-savvy,” said DARE Officer Frank Eldredge, who initiated the digital course in Romulus last year.

“Generations is deeply committed to the communities in which we serve and actively seeks out opportunities to support children and families. We see DARE as a perfect match since its curriculum teaches and develops the social and emotional skills kids need to make safe and responsible decisions,” noted Menzo Case, President & CEO of Generations Bank.

Later this fall, the Bank will again be the sponsor of a regional training seminar for DARE being held by the New York State DARE Officers Association and the New York State Sheriffs’ Association entitled ‘Back to School – Love, Hope, and Random Drug Testing: Innovating Strategies to Help Youth Stay on Track presented by Susan Broderick, Founder & CEO of Building Bridges to Recovery. The seminar is being held at Club 86 in October.

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Photo L-R: Karen Simon, NYSDOA; DO John Nedza, Southern Cayuga Schools; Sgt. Mark Taylor, Ontario County Sheriff’s Dept.; DO Frank Eldredge, Seneca County Sheriff’s Dept.; DO Randal Grenier, Geneva Police Dept.; SRO Mike Poole, Seneca Falls Police Dept.; DO William Morrissey, Auburn Police Dept.; DO Sean DeRosa, Auburn Police Dept.; and President & CEO Menzo Case, Generations Bank