DARE Program hosts karate tournament
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Children were getting their kicks in at the Oncenter. The goal was to raise money for the Syracuse Police's DARE Program.
More than 200 students took part in a karate tournament on Saturday. The DARE Program goes into local classrooms and teaches children to say no to drugs. With budget crunches in the city, it has been hard to keep important programs such as DARE in Central New York schools.
"One of our DARE officers, I should say, is a seventh degree black belt. He's a specialist in karate, so we all kind of put our heads together and decided we were going to make money to keep the program flowing. It was the obvious choice," explained Michael Bonie, Syracuse Police DARE Officer.
Boni said support from the community and Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler has kept DARE going.