The D.A.R.E. Program in Lafourche Parish began in 1990. The program has grown, and developed to include K-5th grade visitation lessons as well as an 8th grade middle school component. The D.A.R.E. Program is taught in more than 30 public and private elementary and middle schools in Lafourche Parish. Certified D.A.R.E. officers teach the program reaching over 9,000 students annually.Because we care.
Kids today grow up in a complex and confusing world. Through television, internet, movies, music, and peers, our kids are exposed to drugs at a very early age. They’re our kids...our future. And we want their futures to be bright, secure, healthy and safe.
That’s why we care. That’s why there is D.A.R.E.
D.A.R.E. teaches our children--from kindergarten through middle school--not just to refuse drugs, but how to do it.
The solution is education. D.A.R.E. gives our children the tools they need to resist drugs and make the right choices. D.A.R.E. sends a highly-trained police officer into classrooms to teach students how to refuse drugs and alcohol.
By getting the message from a street-wise law enforcement officer--one who’s been out there and knows how drugs and alcohol can destroy lives--kids take the message seriously.
Because it works.
Rigorous scientific evaluation has documented that kids who complete the New D.A.R.E. program have improved decision-making skills, view drug use as unacceptable, and possess a significantly decreased likelihood of ever using drugs.
Having a D.A.R.E. officer teaching in the classroom is an investment that pays dividends everyday - in healthy kids…healthy communities… and a healthy world. Under the D.A.R.E. Officer Program, trained peace officers work with educators to support safe schools and healthy students.
For more information on the LPSO D.A.R.E. Program, contact Lt. Nolan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (985) 449-4480.
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