D.A.R.E. — Drug Abuse Resistance EducationIMG 2649

D.A.R.E. is a collaborative effort by certified law enforcement officers, educators, students parents and the community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse, violence and gang involvement among children grades K-12. Currently the Newfields Police Department offers D.A.R.E. to the fifth grade class

D.A.R.E. Program K-4

The lessons in the K-4 DARE program are designed to assist officers in educating children to help keep them safe, drug-free and violence-free. The program also teaches them to recognize, avoid and report situations, which may endanger their personal safety and health.

The kindergarten lesson is organized into one lesson Grades 1-2 are organized into four lessons. During these lessons a series of prints developed by the Los Angeles Unified School District entitled Protecting Our Children are utilized.

Grades 3-4 consist of five lessons, which deal with personal safety. Drug and alcohol prevention, conflict resolution and violence prevention.

IMG 2645D.A.R.E. Program 5-6

Grades 5-6 consist of ten, 45-minute lessons, the primary objective of which is to help the students develop the capacities needed to enable them to take charge of their lives with particular emphasis on substance use and abuse. Students will utilize the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model. (Define the problem/ assess the situation/respond with the appropriate and best choice/ evaluate the decision.) to assist them with choices throughout life.

Becoming a D.A.R.E. Officer

Initially an application was submitted to the New Hampshire State Police D.A.R.E. Coordinators Office in Concord with the approval of both the Chief of Police and the Principal of the Newfields Elementary School.

After receipt of the application and further review by the D.A.R.E. Coordinators Office, A officer is scheduled for an oral board interview with a four-member panel. After successful completion of the interview, I was selected and scheduled for Dare Officer training to be held in Center Strafford, New Hampshire. D.A.R.E. Officer training then affectionately became known as DOT #16. (Only twenty officers are selected and the DOT is conducted once a year.)

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During the two weeks of D.A.R.E. Officer Training, I became familiar with the lesson plans associated with the D.A.R.E. Program. I also had the opportunity to make presentations on an assigned lesson plan to the various DOT teams. In addition to written tests and homework, I was required to present an entire lesson plan to a fifth grade class at Northwood Elementary School. During my lesson plan presentation, both the classroom teacher and a D.A.R.E. Mentor observed me. After successfully completing this task and others, I graduated as a member of DOT #16.

We look forward to this year’s upcoming D.A.R.E. class.  For more information about D.A.R.E. check out D.A.R.E.America.com or the D.A.R.E.NH site.  For the kids, check out fun and games at the D.A.R.E. for Kids website.