Welcome to D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
DARE is a
collaborative effort by DARE certified law enforcement officers, educators,
students, parents, and community to offer an educational program in the
classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse, violence, and "bullying" among
children and youth in our schools. The emphasis of the K-5 DARE curriculum
is to assist in educating children to help them keep safe, drug-free, and
violence-free and to teach them to recognize, avoid, and report situations
which may endanger their personal health and safety.
The emphasis of the Grade 6 DARE curriculum is to help students recognize
and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to
experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs or to
engage in violence.
The D.A.R.E. program offers preventive strategies to enhance those
protective factors -especially bonding to the family, school, and
community - which appear to foster the development of resiliency in young
people who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviors.
These strategies focus on the development of social competence,
communication skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision-making, conflict
resolution, sense of purpose and independence, and positive alternative
activities to drug abuse and other destructive conduct.
I welcome your involvement in this program. Should you have questions or
concerns please contact me or any officer in the DARE Unit at the number or email address listed below.
With your child's interest in mind,
Officer Shawn Pirog / #5241
Community Policing Unit
Sgt. Mark Pentz / #5220