The D.A.R.E. Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has entered its 14th year. The program is taught to fifth graders at Sandown Central School by Sgt. Aurie Roy.
DARE is a collaborative effort between law enforcement and schools which focuses on teaching kids how to make healthy, wise, and responsible decisions. It demonstrates the importance to stop and think before making choices and what the consequences could be. Use of the Dare Decision Making Model together with practicing risky situations which apply to real life that students face in their daily lives.
The new D.A.R.E “Keeping it Real” curriculum encourages students to lead safe, responsible and drug-free lives. It provides the framework for teaching about decision making, risk, stress, communication and peer pressure while providing students with information about drugs they need to make informed choices.
D.A.R.E also helps kids recognize and resist the pressures that influence them to experiment with drugs.