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Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a cooperative program between parents, schools, and police to help young people stay away from drug abuse and violence.

Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Visits
Visits to the lower grade levels are designed to promote safety in young children and build good relationships between police and children. Lessons involve many safety issues ranging from crosswalk safety to learning about the 9-1-1 system.

Fifth Grade Lessons
The 10-week, fifth grade lessons are designed to help the students further develop skills necessary to resist pressure to use illegal drugs and engage in violence. There are lessons in understanding the harmful effects of tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, and alcohol. Other lessons include friendship foundations, personal action (ways to say no), media messages about alcohol and tobacco, and a graduation ceremony.

All of the D.A.R.E. lessons reinforce the D.A.R.E. decision-making model designed to help young people make healthy decisions to avoid and resist the use of drugs.

Seventh Grade Lessons
The two-week, seventh grade lessons are designed to build on the skills developed in the fifth grade curriculum. Lessons include resisting harmful influences, forming good friendships, resolving conflicts without violence, and avoiding violent relationships.

For More Information
If you have any questions, please contact Aberdeen Police Sgt. Keith Theroux at (605) 626-7058, or visit the D.A.R.E. national website.

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