D.A.R.E. is taught to approximately 26 million children in the United States. It gives students the tools needed to avoid peer pressure, to get involved in alcohol and other drugs, gangs, and violence. It also teaches them to look for friends that will not get them involved in the above.
D.A.R.E. gives students decision making skills and uses a catchy acronym to get them to remember it. It is the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model. D.A.R.E. stands for:
D=Define (What is the problem, challenge, or opportunity)
A=Access (What are your choices?) This also attaches pros and cons to each choice.
R=Respond (Make a decision after going through the above)
E=Evaluate (Did I make the right choice and why)
This acronym is used throughout the classes. Facts sheets are also gone over for the following drugs: alcohol, inhalants, tobacco, and Marijuana. The kids are given situations and the class is broken up into pairs or groups. They have to go through the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model while the D.A.R.E. Officer facilitates. The class is then brought back together and the groups present their findings.
This year there were 217 5th graders from Pioneer and Valley View schools. There were approximately 500 in attendance. The guest speaker was author, radio, and TV personality John Maino. I heard John Maino on the radio and the next day praising the Ashwaubenon DARE Program. He was amazed at the turn out and support by the community and stated, "The gym was packed; it looked like the turnout for a high school basketball game."