The D.A.R.E. program was started by
a group of Los Angeles police officers and school teachers that were
concerned because kids were taking drugs. These drugs were destroying
kids’ lives. The police officers and schoolteachers joined forces and
launched D.A.R.E. to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and
violence, and how to protect themselves from it.
The police wanted to
steer kids away from dangerous drugs and help them make smart choices,
like playing sports and starting hobbies instead of using drugs and
hanging out on the streets.
D.A.R.E. was born in
Los Angeles, California in 1983 and now is taught in all 50 states in
the U.S., as well as in 53 countries. All in all, the D.A.R.E. program
will reach 50 million children around the world this year alone.
the largest school based drug abuse and violence reduction program in
the world today. It offers a variety of learning activities structured
for elementary and middle school students. The curriculum emphasizes
the skills necessary to resist the temptations of drugs and alcohol,
the avoidance of violence and enhances the student's ability to solve
problems. D.A.R.E. assists youngsters to lead healthy lifestyles and
enhances independent growth in spite of negative peer pressures and
/ School Resource Officer Mark Harvey
D.A.R.E. Kids link
Officer Janice A. Cunningham was awarded the 2002
DARE Officer of the Year award by Cruising New England Magazine!
Congratulations to Jan for all her hard work and
dedication to the job!
Above: Plaque awarded to DARE Officer Jan Cunningham
Part of the reason D.A.R.E. (Drug
Abuse Resistance Education) works so well is because it is a
collaborative effort between our police department, our school,
parents, and community leaders. D.A.R.E. works because it surrounds
children with support and encouragement from all sides.
D.A.R.E. teaches kids how to recognize and resist the direct and
subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol,
tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs. And since between 70% and 90% of
all crime is drug related, it is absolutely vital that we reach the
children of America before it is too late.
The D.A.R.E. program is introduced to the children in the elementary
school. A specially trained officer comes into your school one day a
week for seventeen weeks and teaches the children. And, to make it
easy on you, we've designed the D.A.R.E. curriculum to integrate
easily into your other lessons. Student participation in the D.A.R.E.
program may be incorporated as an integral part of the school's
curriculum in health, science, social studies, language arts, or other
subjects. It is important that you, as the classroom teacher, maintain
a supportive role in classroom management while the officer is
teaching. And, finally, you should incorporate D.A.R.E. program
participation by students as a fundamental part of your students'
here to visit the D.A.R.E. America Web Site
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