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Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

D.A.R.E. is a simple acronym with a big message: Drug Abuse Resistance Education!

D.A.R.E. was originally developed in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department in conjunction with the United School District. Based on the premise that prevention is the only long-term answer to drug abuse, the program grew to include all 50 states. 

To date, over 300 Pocantico students have graduated from the program.  In fact, many D.A.R.E.  graduates have returned to Pocantico Hills as high school role models.

The focus of D.A.R.E. is to...

  • Build confidence and self esteem.
  • Teach students to respect others and themselves.
  • Provide accurate information about drugs and alcohol.
  • Teach students the necessary decision-making skills.
  • Show students how to resist negative peer pressure.
  • Suggest healthy alternatives to drug use.

The D.A.R.E. program is designed to avoid scare tactics. Positive and substantive, it relies on accurate information and an upbeat approach. D.A.R.E. officers visit with students in the classroom, conduct faculty workshops, and present programs to teacher/parent organizations. This approach provides a constructive and highly visible presence to the students and community.

D.A.R.E. at Pocantico Hills

The 17-week elementary curriculum, taught to fifth graders, covers many topics that help students understand and deal with social pressures while strengthening their own self-image. Lessons actively involve student participation through workbook exercises, questions and answers, role playing, and group discussion. These lessons include:

  • Personal safety
  • Assertiveness
  • Use and misuse of drugs
  • Managing stress
  • Consequences of behavior
  • Media influences
  • Building self-esteem
  • Role models
  • Resisting peer pressure
  • Support systems
  • Alternatives
  • Decision-making and risk-taking

D.A.R.E. is taught on a continuum from kindergarten through twelfth grade.


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