The D.A.R.E. program is the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to help teach children early on the dangers of drugs, violence and to report situations that may endanger their personal safety and health.
The D.A.R.E. program is a collaborative effort produced by law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and community to offer an educational program to reduce violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and to build individual self-esteem.
- Kindergarten students learn the importance of being safe in their own environment.
- Grades 1 and 2 have several lessons involving their personal safety, drugs that are helpful or harmful, learning to say no to drugs and dealing with angry feelings.
- Grades 3 and 4 also have several lessons pertaining to the laws and rules to keep us safe, drugs that help or harm, learning how to say no to drugs, handling peer conflicts, avoiding gangs and other violence.
- Grades 5 and 6 have many involved lessons including understanding the effects of mind altering drugs, learning resistance techniques, building self-esteem, reducing violence, and making decisions about risky behavior just to name a few.
For more information about the D.A.R.E. Program that is not listed above, please contact Chief Douglas E. Grimes at 724-942-5030.