D.A.R.E.

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Program Overview



Keepin' It Real



This totally completely new D.A.R.E. curriculum challenges students by having them participate in active learning. The benefit to the students is the strong foundation of decision-making skills that they apply to real life situations about the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and inhalants. These important decision-making skills are acted on through a spiraling set of group and paired activities. The students are actively engaged as they learn how to cope with the pressures associated with adolescence.

The new D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum has been shortened to nine lessons and a culmination. Topic areas are more specific to the needs of this age group, with an emphasis on student progression. While practical, the lessons are also fun. Students make the lessons come to life while practicing new skills.

Each lesson is structured with Goals and Objectives—in order to meet the National Health Education Standards. The format of instruction provides practical information throughout the lessons and allows the students to learn from each other.

The lessons on normative beliefs include national data about teen use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to help children better understand how few of their peers actually do use these substances.

The D.A.R.E. program is taught to the Bay Lane Middle School and Lake Denoon Middle School 5th Grade Class, St. Leonard 5th Grade Class and St. Paul 5th Grade Class.