This year 26 million U.S. school children will benefit from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), a highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in l983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in nearly 80% of our nation’s school districts and in more than 54 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a series of classroom lessons led by a law enforcement officer that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug- and violence-free lives.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by officers whose training and experience give them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques and communication skills. Another 40 hours of training are provided to prepare instructors to teach the high school curriculum.
D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.
Contact your local Sheriff for information about the D.A.R.E. program in your schools.