School-Based Programs

Read Across America 1st-3rd grade

Read Across America is an initiative created by the National Education Association that began in 1997. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day.  In the United States, the day is observed on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Officers from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department participate as “guest readers” at the Davenport Elementary School, Swift Elementary School, and the Slaybaugh Elementary School.

Read Across America



Adopt-A-Cop 4th grade

The Egg Harbor Township Police Department promotes a positive relationship with the students through periodic visits to their classrooms.  Each 4th-grade classroom “adopts” their own police officer.  The officers will make 3-4 visits during the school year.  Topics of discussion may include, but not limited to:  Bicycle/pedestrian safety, positive interaction with peers, bully prevention, and internet safety.  Over 20 officers volunteer to be “adopted” each school year.  The officers serve over 600 students in the Adopt-A-Cop program.


Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) 5th grade

The Egg Harbor Township Police Department has been providing DARE for over 30 years.  Every officer who instructs the DARE curriculum must go through an 80-hour comprehensive training program.  Topics discussed in DARE are:  Dangers of vaping, smoking, use of tobacco products, underage/excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, peer pressure, avoidance techniques, and good decision making.  For the 600+ students in the DARE program, our agency hosts an end of the school year celebration called DARE Day.  DARE Day is at the Joyanne Miller Elementary School.  It consists of a mock motor vehicle pursuit, SWAT demonstration, K9 demonstration, and static displays.  The Egg Harbor Township Volunteer Fire Departments, Egg Harbor Township EMS, New Jersey State Police Aviation Bureau, United States Coast Guard, New Jersey Forest Fire Aviation Unit are also invited to participate in the event.  

Dare Canine vehicle


Drug Education 6th-8th grades

The middle school’s Health/Physical Education classes can invite police officers to speak about the dangers of drug misuse.  This is a continuation of the topics discussed in DARE, but also addresses the use of THC products (Cannabis, edibles, or vaping) and prescription drug misuse.  This education serves over 600 students per grade.

Drug Education

Drivers Education 10th grade 

The Sophomore high school students receive Drivers Education during their Health/Physical Education Classes.  Police officers can be invited into the classrooms to speak to the students about:  Traffic laws, procedures if someone is involved in a motor vehicle crash, positive interaction with law enforcement during a motor vehicle stop and officers can address questions/concerns from the students.


Drug Education 11th grade

The Junior high school students receive Drug Education during their Health/Physical Education Classes.  Police officers can be invited into the classrooms to speak to the students about:  Drug laws, drug misuse, treatment/recovery options, and officers can address questions/concerns from the students.

Not Even Once (NEO) 12th grade

The Senior high school students receive the NEO program during their Health/Physical Education Classes.  NEO is an interactive Opioid awareness program.  The curriculum was created by the Manchester Twp. Police Department to address the concerning trend of Opioid misuse.  The NEO Instructors (Officers Vazquez, Bertino, Koons, Simmons, and Rizzotte) are all Egg Harbor Township High School, Alumni.  This is a continuation of the drug education the students received in 11th grade.  With the assistance of local treatment facilities and mental health organizations, NEO concentrates on:  Avoiding Opioid misuse, Opioid treatment, New Jersey Strict Liability Laws, and Good Samaritan Laws.