Welcome to the Hoffman Estates D.A.R.E. unit. The D.A.R.E. unit was started in Hoffman Estates in 1984 and is currently being taught by a trained D.A.R.E Officer in all 9 elementary schools.
D.A.R.E. is the acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the single most widely-used substance abuse prevention and safety promotion curriculum in the world. First developed in 1983, D.A.R.E. has undergone multiple revisions as research findings increased knowledge of effective substance abuse prevention among school-aged youth. There are several components to the D.A.R.E. curriculum including the "core curriculum" for fifth or sixth grade; visitation for kindergarten - fourth grade; a middle school/junior high program; a senior high curriculum; and a parenting component.
D.A.R.E.'s core curriculum lasts for 12 weeks. Each lesson is taught one day a week and last for 45min.This curriculum is taught to the sixth grade students in Hoffman Estates.
More than 75 percent of America's school districts have adopted the program, and over 10,000 cooperative partnerships between law enforcement and education are in place across the country. By virtue of D.A.R.E.'s extensive use and national impact, D.A.R.E. has achieved immense name recognition in association with substance abuse prevention, making the D.A.R.E. officer the most recognizable symbol for community policing and prevention.
Students, Parents or Teachers, if you have any questions for D.A.R.E. please email Officer Bending.
Learn about the most frequently asked subject in our D.A.R.E. classes from the 6th grade students.
Click the links below for D.A.R.E. information:
8 Ways to Say "No"
- Saying "No, Thanks"
- Giving a Reason or Excuse
- Keep Saying "No"
- Walking Away
- Changing the Subject
- Avoid the Situation
- Cold Shoulder
- Strength in Numbers