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D.A.R.E. Day: The Importance Of Educating Children on The Danger Of Drugs

D.A.R.E Day is the day that law enforcement officers dedicate to visiting schools and raising awareness about drug abuse. Some of us remember officers coming with a big police car, usually with a K-9 unit. D.A.R.E. means ‘Drug Abuse Resistance Education’.

It is important to educate children on the dangers of drugs and how deteriorating they can be to your health and life.

According the D.A.R.E.’s website they explain that,” Beyond the fact that D.A.R.E. officers have been shown to be effective classroom instructors, D.A.R.E. is a fine example of a community-oriented, positive police program. D.A.R.E. is not just a drug education program; it is crime and violence prevention in our nation‘s schools.”

D.A.R.E. Facts

National Statistics

  • Millions of children will benefit this year from the DARE program
  • 1,000 new communities started D.A.R.E. in last three years
  • 75‰ of USA school districts and 43 countries teach D.A.R.E.
  • 10,000+ communities using D.A.R.E.
  • 75,000+ D.A.R.E. officers trained and certified throughout USA
  • $12 per child from K-12 for all educational materials (as a non-profit, D.A.R.E. is the most affordable program available)

The Program Curriculum developed by educators, taught by trained officers

  • Focuses on responsibility, resisting peer pressure
  • Implementation is community decision
  • Elementary, middle, high school, after-school, parental components
  • Training mandatory for instructors before they enter the classroom
  • New science-based curricula from top researchers and curriculum writers with $14 million grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Research and principle based content
  • Authentic activities
  • Active learning principles and “best teaching” practices
  • Complex reasoning and decision-making
  • Officers as facilitators not lecturers


D.A.R.E. Day: The Importance Of Educating Children on The Danger Of Drugs