D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a nationwide program and a collaborative effort by D.A.R.E. certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth. The D.A.R.E. program offers preventative strategies to enhance protective factors, especially bonding to the family, school, and community. The strategies focus on the development of social competence, communication skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision making, conflict resolutions, sense of purpose and independence, and positive alternative activities to drug abuse and other destructive behaviors. The middle school curriculum reinforces lessons and information for the elementary lessons. In addition, these lessons focus on helping students manage their feelings of anger and resolve conflicts without causing harm to themselves or others and without resorting to violence or the use of alcohol and drugs. Emphasis is also directed toward helping students develop the skills and qualities needed to achieve good character and citizenship.

D.A.R.E. is taught to all 5th grade students for 10 weeks, the last week being a culmination ceremony for students, family, and special guests. D.A.R.E. is also taught to all 7th grade students for 10 weeks. The D.A.R.E. officer also spends time with students at P.E., lunch, sporting events, and after-school activities to further a positive relationship with students.

For further information about the D.A.R.E. program or any questions, please call (804) 520-9318.