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D.A.R.E. Mission:

Mission Statement:
To teach students good decision making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.

Vision Statement:
A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.

We want to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. Additionally, we want to establish positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life.


D.A.R.E. at a glance:

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a collaborative program in which local law enforcement and local schools join together to educate students about the personal and social consequences of substance abuse and violence. The D.A.R.E. curricula is designed to be delivered sequentially from grades K-12. First developed in 1983, D.A.R.E. has undergone multiple revisions as research findings increased knowledge of effective substance abuse prevention among school-aged youth.

D.A.R.E. reaches millions of U.S. children in more than 10,000 communities across all 50 states. D.A.R.E. also benefits millions of children in 43 other countries around the world including all Department of Defense Schools worldwide and all U.S. Territories.

The D.A.R.E. curricula lessons focus on:

  • Strong “NO USE” message
  • Immediate consequences
  • Normative beliefs
  • Consequential thinking (Problem solving and conflict management)
  • Self-management skills
  • Voluntary commitment
  • Credible presenter
  • Character Education· Protective factors-resiliency
  • Interactive participatory learning
  • Social resistance skills
  • Violence prevention
  • Alternatives
  • Role-modeling
  • Set curriculum and quality training

D.A.R.E. is not a government program although it has Administration support. Funding for D.A.R.E. student educational materials and instructors training is provided by donations from our community.

D.A.R.E. is reviewed annually by the D.A.R.E. Scientific Advisory Board, the D.A.R.E. America Law Enforcement Advisory Board, D.A.R.E. officers, school and municipal administrators. Research findings and increased knowledge of effective anti-drug, anti-violence, and anti-substance abuse prevention is continually evaluated for incorporation into curricula.

If you have a question about D.A.R.E., please email:
Lt. Michael S. Hall at m.hall@mcdonaldcountysheriff.com
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