The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is the most comprehensive drug prevention curricula in the world taught in thousands of schools throughout America’s 50 states and its territories, as well as in 50+ other countries reaching more than 1.5 million students annually. Founded in 1983 by Los Angeles Police Department, today more than 15,000 D.A.R.E. officers are in over 10,000 communities nationwide educating America’s youth and serving as the first line of defense in America’s schools.
The D.A.R.E. program began in Hoffman Estates in 1984 and is currently taught to 5th and 6th grade students in 6 Hoffman Estates grade schools. All curricula are science-based, age appropriate, and written by a national panel of curriculum and prevention experts. D.A.R.E. curricula meet the core educational standards of health, language arts, and math. D.A.R.E. also meets the needs of communities and schools as it relates to “bullying.” A “stranger danger” variation of D.A.R.E. is presented to younger students throughout Hoffman Estates schools, park district programs and day care centers.
The D.A.R.E. core curriculum is presented over a 10 week period once a week in the classroom by a Certified D.A.R.E. Officer. After lesson 8, the students are required to complete a D.A.R.E. essay to show what they have learned and how they can apply this knowledge in the future to make safe and responsible decisions.
- Lesson 1: D.A.R.E. Introduction
- Lesson 2: Drug Information and Decision Making
- Lesson 3: Risk and Consequences
- Lesson 4: Peer Pressure
- Lesson 5: Dealing with Stressful Situations
- Lesson 6: Basics of Communication
- Lesson 7: Non Verbal Communication and Listening
- Lesson 8: Bullying
- Lesson 9: Helping Others
- Lesson 10: Getting Help and Review
For more information on the Hoffman Estates D.A.R.E. program, contact Officer Bending.