D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education program) is a comprehensive prevention education program designed to equip elementary school children with the skills to recognize and resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
This unique program, developed in 1983 as a cooperative effort between the Los Angeles Unified School District and LA Police Department, uses uniformed law enforcement officers to teach a curriculum to students in classrooms.
In Alberta, D.A.R.E presently focuses on Grade 6 students using 17 one-hour lessons to prepare them for entry into junior high school, where they are most likely to encounter pressure to use drugs. Visitation lessons for lower grades are a component of the program and follow-up programs for junior and senior high schools will be incorporated as D.A.R.E is established and expands.
Life Skills Training Celebrated
There are now 20 more youths in Fox Creek educated and aware about drug abuse after successfully graduating from a 10 week course, instructed by Fox Creek RCMP Constable Brad Schram at the Fox Creek School.
Graduation ceremonies were held on June 15th for the Grade six students, taught by Miss Sharie Sands. Each student was presented a certificate of completion of the D.A.R.E program, a D.A.R.E t-shirt and necklace.
Two students, Emma Ockey and Karizma Cross won the top essay and were awarded backpacks. The girls read their essays to the class and the group enjoyed cake provided by Cst. Schram.
Fox Creek Town Councillor Jim Hailes and Sergeant Warrant Wright were present to congratulate the kids.
Did you know? (Source: http://www.teachers.ab.ca/)
In June 1995, the Edmonton Police Service hosted the first D.A.R.E Officer Training Course in Canada for law enforcement officers. This resulted in 32 new D.A.R.E officers from five provinces and seven policing agencies receiving their accreditation to teach the program.
There are now a total of 28 D.A.R.E officers in Alberta.
The success of D.A.R.E and its rapid expansion will result in over 55 Alberta elementary schools participating in the D.A.R.E initiative in the 1995–96 school year.
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