The D.A.R.E. program was initially taught at the Union City Middle School in the fall semester of 1994 by Officer Rahpe A. Whaley. Officer Whaley taught 6th grade students at the Middle School for three years, until Sgt. Melvin Dowell began teaching the core curriculum at East Side School. Officer Whaley then began teaching an expanded version of D.A.R.E. to 7th graders that same year. Officer Stephanie Marshall is now teaching the core curriculum to 5th graders at East Side school.
G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education And Training) was a program started in Phoenix, AZ. for the purpose of reaching children endangered by gang involvement. Similar in scope to D.A.R.E., the program is very instrumental in focusing positive attitudes about non-involvement in gangs and how to cope with the prob1ems associated with the gang lifestyle. Officer Whaley has been teaching the program to 7th graders at the Middle School since 1999.