D.A.R.E cyclists given personalized brick in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-  Jonesboro's D.A.R.E. cyclists skidded to a stop at Gearhead Cycle House Thursday afternoon.

The group was there for the unveiling of the sidewalk project in front of the store. The names of cyclists who have participated in the D.A.R.E. Bike Challenge have their own brick in the column.

The D.A.R.E. program works to educate and prepare students for issues like peer pressure, bullying or drugs.

Gearhead Cycle House Manager, Jason Broadaway, has taken part in the bike ride for the past two years. "It's a great way to raise money for D.A.R.E. and when we're rolling through other communities, it's a big production.  There are police cars all around. There are these guys riding on bikes across the state. It really gets a lot of attention and lets people really open up and see what D.A.R.E. is all about."

Cyclist Jeff Chastain said, "it's putting the police officers in the schools to teach kids about the dangers of drugs, make them aware of the problems and the reasons why not to do that. It's a problem that we have here in Northeast Arkansas and it's being proactively measured, so that's the main reason I want to be involved in it."

The D.A.R.E. cyclists will head out this year sometime in September. The 300 mile ride begins in Cardwell, Missouri and ends in Junction, Louisiana.

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