DARE is Drug Abuse Resistance Education, a police officer led series of lessons taught to school children teaching them about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. DARE also teaches self-esteem, how to say “no” and how to avoid peer pressure.

DARE was first begun in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department. Within a few years, the success of DARE became apparent and started to spread around the country. This success led to the creation of our parent organization, D.A.R.E. America. DARE has become the number one drug education program in our nation’s schools. This year, about 26 million children in 75% of the nation’s school districts will go through the DARE program. DARE has also become international and is now taught to an additional 10 million children in 43 countries around the world.

D.A.R.E. recently adopted an all-new curriculum. A team of educators, doctors, and other professionals have revised the DARE curriculum utilizing the latest science and research. DARE has age-specific lesson plans for grades K through 12.

DARE will be taught in the Batesville School District for the first time during the 2006-2007 school year. The core curriculum consisting of ten lessons will be taught to students in the sixth grade. DARE age-specific safety lessons will be presented to students in grades K through 4. DARE will be taught by Sgt. Cord Davidson, a school resource officer assigned to the Batesville School District. Davidson is a graduate of Batesville High School, Lyon College, and has worked for the Independence County Sheriff’s Office for over ten years.

Students in the sixth grade program will be given a workbook in which they will complete exercises and journal entries while in class during their DARE lessons. In order to complete the program, students will be asked to write a one to two page essay on what they have learned in their DARE class. Upon successful completion, students will receive a certificate of completion.

It is hoped that DARE curriculums will be introduced in the junior high and senior high in the near future.

If you are a parent of a D.A.R.E. student, please take an interest in what your child is learning. Your encouragement will help reinforce what they have learned.