D.A.R.E is a program that targets elementary children (fifth grade) before they are likely to have used alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful drugs. By reaching children at an age when they are most receptive, project D.A.R.E. seeks to prevent adolescent drug use and to reduce drug trafficking by eliminating the demand for drugs.
D.A.R.E. lessons focus on four major areas through a structured, sequential curriculum:
- Providing accurate information about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
- Teaching students decision-making skills
- Showing students how to resist peer pressure
- Giving students ideas for alternatives to drug use
Tips For Parents
- Establish family rules that make the use of drugs non-negotiable.
- Educate yourself about drugs so you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions.
- Since peer pressure is a major factor in teen drug use, know your children's friends.
- Talk with other parents. Try to establish uniform rules that make access to drugs harder for your children and their friends, such as curfew, the amount of spending money they receive, and their use of a car.
- If problems arise, try to seek advice and counsel from someone both you and your child respect and to whom you can relate.
I Make A Difference
The Police Department and Eagle Country Radio
(KHOK 100.7) have teamed up to remind students about the importance of remaining drug-free. Winners drawn weekly receive an I Make A Difference t-shirt. Monthly winners receive a party for their entire classroom and a ride in the D.A.R.E. car.
Night On The Town
At the conclusion of the D.A.R.E. Curriculum, students are required to write an essay about what they have learned and why they have decided to make smart and wise decisions concerning drugs, alcohol, and choosing the right type of friends. COX in Great Bend sponsors the annual essay contest. Winners are picked up at their homes in a luxurious motor home provided by Harper Camperland. The students and their teachers are treated to a nice meal at Applebee’s Restaurant. The students also present their award winning essays at a City Council meeting where they receive additional recognition and an award from the Mayor.