The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.) began in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. D.A.R.E. is a 17 week series of classroom lessons, taught by a specially trained law enforcement officer. Fifth grade students learn the skills needed to resist negative peer pressure and lead successful, drug-free and violence-free lives. D.A.R.E. is now operating in 80 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 44 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. teaches Clinton County fifth graders about the consequences of drug use and techniques to resist peer pressure. Students are encouraged to develop good self-esteem and to involve themselves in positive activities. Lessons about managing stress, conflict resolution and developing positive decision making skills, help our youth to avoid situations that could lead to future criminal activity. At the conclusion of D.A.R.E., students are rewarded with a graduation certificate as well as a D.A.R.E. T-shirt.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office began teaching the D.A.R.E. curriculum in 1989. D.A.R.E. is presently taught in the Blanchester School District, Clinton Massie School District and East Clinton School District.
The Clinton County D.A.R.E. program is funded by Drug free grant money provided by each participating school district, an annual D.A.R.E grant from the State of Ohio and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. Donations are gladly accepted and held in the D.A.R.E. trust fund account in the event of future need.
For more information on the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program, please contact D.A.R.E. Officer Connie Roberts at (937) 382-1611.