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I bet you have always wanted to know what is D.A.R.E.?

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Well, D.A.R.E. stands for Drugs Abuse Resistance Education.


It was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. D.A.R.E.

is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches

children from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist

peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.


D.A.R.E. humanizes the police and permits students to see

them in a helping role, not just in a enforcement role. As a

cooperative effort between the police, schools, parents, and

communities, D.A.R.E. works to help children raise their self-esteem,

teach them how to make decisions on their own and help them

identify positive alternatives to drugs.


During our time with our D.A.R.E. instructor, Officer Brenda Sarpy,

we learned many life skills to help us resist drugs and violence.

First we learned how to make wise decisions through the D.A.R.E.

Decision Making Model. Then we learned the harmful effects of

several drugs such as tobacco, marijuana, alcohol and inhalants.


We learned safe practices when using prescription and over the

counter medicine. Also, we learned that not every young person

is doing drugs and we learned ways to resist peer pressure for those

who are asked. Ways to be in charge of our life is the Nine Ways

to Say No. The bullying lesson helps us to learn how to lend a hand

when we see someone being bullied.


These are a few of the many skills to use in our decision to

Take Charge of our life and remain drug and violence free.






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