D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
History of D.A.R.E.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) is taught to students enrolled in grade 5 in New Hope's elementary schools.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program was developed in the Unified School District of Los Angeles in 1983. Educators and psychologists designed the curriculum, with police officers acting as contributors.
In 1988, police officers in Minnesota began to receive training to teach the D.A.R.E. program. New Hope was amongst the first police departments in Minnesota to train an officer and get the officer into District 281 schools.
D.A.R.E. lesson plans focus on four major areas:
- Providing accurate information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
- Teaching students good decision-making skills.
- Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure.
- Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drug use.
The D.A.R.E. program has a long track record of being an excellent way to deliver drug and crime prevention information to kids by using uniformed officers in the classroom. The current curriculum, introduced in 2003, has nine lessons and a "graduation" ceremony.