The curriculum for the fifth grade program is organized into 17 lessons. Each lesson is
taught by Sheriff Allen Harmon and Deputy & School Resource Officer Jeff
Hill. The lessons,
presented once a week at each school, offer a variety of interactive, role-playing and
cooperative learning activities designed to encourage students to solve problems of major
importance in their lives.
- INTRODUCING D.A.R.E. - Students
become acquainted with D.A.R.E. Officer and the overall D.A.R.E. program.
- UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF MIND-ALTERING
DRUGS - Students develop a knowledge of basic drugs facts and
understand the harmful effects of mind-altering drugs.
- CONSIDERING CONSEQUENCES
- Students identify the negative consequences of using drugs and the postive consequences
of saying no to drugs.
- CHANGING BELIEFS ABOUT DRUG USE
- Students become aware of the prevalence of drug use among adolescents and the kinds of
peer pressure others may use in trying to get them to take drugs.
- LEARNING RESISTANCE TECHNIQUES
- Students learn and practice effective ways of responding to various kinds of peer
pressure to use drugs.
- BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM -
Students learn that self-esteem results from their positive and negative feelings and
experiences and how self-esteem may influence their decision-making.
- LEARNING ASSERTIVENESS -
Students learn that assertiveness is a response style that enables a person to state his
or her own rights without the loss of self-esteem.
- MANAGING STRESS WITHOUT DRUGS
- Students learn to recognize stress encountered in their daily lives and how to deal with
it other than by taking drugs.
- REDUCING VIOLENCE -
Students learn that destructive acts of violence are inappropriate ways of dealing with
anger and resolving disagreements.
- COMBATING MEDIA INFLUENCES
- Students understand how the media influences the choices they make and develop the
skills and understanding needed to analyze and resists media presentations about drugs and
- MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT RISKY BEHAVIORS
- Students apply the decision-making process in evaluating the results of various kinds of
risk-taking behavior, including drug use.
- SAYING YES TO POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES
- Students discover interesting and rewarding activities that are alternatives to drug
- HAVING POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
- Students become acquainted with outstanding high school role models who are drug-free to
clarify the misconception that drugs are in the majority.
- RESISTING GANG AND GROUP VIOLENCE
- Students identify situations in which they may be pressured by gangs, learn the negative
consequences of gangs and evaluate the consequences of choices available to them.
- SUMMARIZING D.A.R.E. LESSONS
- Students summarize and assess what they have learned throughout the D.A.R.E. program.
- TAKING A STAND - By
having students complete an essay on their own commitment and present it to their
classmates, they reinforce their commitment to respond effectively when pressured to use
- D.A.R.E. GRADUATION -
This culminating activity recognizes the individual achievement of all participants and
reinforces the values and skills they have learned.
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