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American Legion Post 82 in La Plata presented Charles County Sheriff Rex Coffey (D) and Sgt. Carl Rye, a supervisor in the school resources unit, with a check to help fund the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

“I am very grateful to the American Legion for being so supportive of our DARE program over the years,” Coffey said in a news release. “Their donation will help us teach students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and about the importance of making good choices.”

Each year, the American Legion’s Department of Maryland Child Welfare Foundation approves a grant to help fund the sheriff’s office’s DARE program.

Robert M. Johnson, a member of the CWF, and Buddy Hindle, commander of the Charles County American Legion post, presented the donation to Coffey and Rye.

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