D.A.R.E. LESSONS TEACH:
Drug Use and Misuse - Students learn the harmful effects of mind altering drugs.
Consequences - Tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use and the consequences of using or choosing not to use.
Peer Pressure - To make students aware of the actual extent of drug use among adolescents and of the kinds of peer pressure they may face to take drugs.
Building Self-Esteem - Students learn about their own positive qualities and how to compliment others.
Assertiveness - DARE teaches students to assert their rights confidently without interfering with other's rights.
Managing Stress - Techniques in avoiding or relieving stress are taught. Students learn that using drugs to relieve stress causes new problems.
Decision Making - Students learn to recognize the choices they have and how to make decisions that promote good self-esteem.
Media Influences - The DARE Officer reviews techniques used in the media to encourage tobacco and alcohol use.
Drug Abuse Alternatives - Students can be accepted by peers or have fun without the use of drugs.
Role Modeling - The DARE Officer selects a high school student to visit the class, teaching that drug users are the minority.
Support Groups - Positive relationships with many different people are needed to form a support system.
DARE Summary - Students assess and summarize what they have learned.
Taking A Stand - Students compose and read aloud essays on how they can respond and what they learned from DARE. Some of these essays are very heartwarming.
Culmination - A formal presentation is held in cooperation with the school where a select number of students read their essay out loud to a group of parents. Certificates and medals are given out.
DESCRIPTION OF D.A.R.E.
The D.A.R.E. program was developed as a cooperative effort of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District to prevent drug abuse in children and youth. The program emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to help students recognize and resist the many subtel pressures that influence them to experiment with drugs, gangs and violence. In addition, program strategies are planned to focus on feelings relating to self esteem, interpersonal and communication skills, decision making, and positive alternatives to drug abuse behavior.
The D.A.R.E. core curriculum, which targets fifth or sixth-grade elementary school students from Southern Door Elementary School, Sevastopol Elementary, Gibraltar Elementary, Washington Island Elementary, and St. John Bosco Catholic School, consists of ten 45 minute lessons. These lessons are conducted by Juvenile Investigator Chris Neuville on a weekly basis. These lessons are structured, sequential and cumulative. A wide range of teaching strategies are used which emphasize student participation, including group discussion, questions and answer, along with role playing activiites.
The curriculum is designed to help students build refusal skills in experimenting with illegal substances. In addition to these refusal skills, the lessons focus on the development of self-esteem, interpersonal and communication skills, risk assessment and decision making skills, critical thinking, and the identification of positive alternatives.
Juvenile Investigator Chris Neuville
Door County Sheriff's Office
1201 S. Duluth Avenue
Sturgeon Bay WI 54235
Under the direction of:
Sheriff Tammy A. Sternard
Chief Deputy Patrick J. McCarty