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Gibson County D.A.R.E. Kids- a new fun interactive site just for you
Many experts in education and medicine believe substance abuse prevention must begin early in a child's life. Understanding this need, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) jointly developed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in September of 1983.
The purpose of the program is to prevent substance abuse among school-age children by:
The core curriculum of the D.A.R.E. program is aimed at fifth and sixth grade students; however, the program is structured to include grades K through 12. The D.A.R.E. program in Gibson County only involves the fifth grade classes at the present time.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum places a uniformed law enforcement officer in the classroom as the program instructor. The police officers assigned to D.A.R.E. come straight from the streets. Their years of direct experience with the ruined lives and streets crimes caused by substance abuse gives them unmatched credibility and knowledge. Deputy & School Resource Officer Jeff Hill is Gibson County's D.A.R.E. Officer.
The D.A.R.E. program, funded solely by private and corporate donations through D.A.R.E. America, has expanded to all 50 states and many foreign countries since its inception. The successes of the program are still being studied by independent research firms, but preliminary findings show it has far exceeded its goal of helping students combat peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol.
What one parent said about the Gibson County's DARE program:
"My daughter graduated at the DARE Graduation ceremony last night. I want to thank you all for taking the time to talk to these young kids. They listen to their parents, but someone as yourself will also be able to give them more information and answer their questions...
...I was very impressed with the things they learned, and although she knows about drugs and alcohol, I know there will be times of peer pressure..."
The curriculum for the fifth grade program is organized into 17 lessons. Each lesson is taught by 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.