D.A.R.E. is a cooperative effort by the police department, the Santa Clara Unified School District, parents, and the community. All four work together to help our children make the right choices concerning drug use.
One of the unique features of D.A.R.E. is the role of uniformed police officers as instructors within the classroom setting. D.A.R.E. officers are talented in human relations and communication skills and are specifically trained to present a 17-lesson instruction unit, which culminates in a special graduation ceremony. D.A.R.E. lesson plans focus on four major areas:
• Providing accurate information about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
• Teaching students good decision-making skills.
• Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure.
• Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drug use.
D.A.R.E. officers work with children to raise their self-esteem, teach them how to make decisions on their own, and help them identify positive alternatives to drugs. Through role-playing, the D.A.R.E. curriculum emphasizes the negative consequences of drug and alcohol use, and reinforces the skills to resist peer pressure and intimidation.
The need for an effective education program to inoculate students against the threat of drugs is critical to the well being of our children and their future. This program is a long-term commitment for the Santa Clara Police Department and the community. At home, parents are encouraged to:
• Establish family rules that make it clear that drug use will not be tolerated.
• Educate yourself about drugs so that you can talk informatively with your children and answer their questions.
• Spend time with your children listening to their concerns and showing how much you love and care for them.
• Recognize that you are their important role model.
• Know your children's friends, because peer pressure is a major factor in teen drug use.
• Talk with other parents. Try to establish uniform rules that make access to drugs harder, such as a curfew and the amount of spending money they receive. If a problem exists, get help! Don't say “Not my child!”
• Teach children about the many positive alternatives to drug use.
Please join with us and D.A.R.E. to keep our kids off drugs!
For more information, contact Sergeant Thomas Leipelt at 408-615-4866. For more information on D.A.R.E., go to http://dare.com