The Antrim County D.A.R.E. Program was adopted in 1986, and provides fifth and sixth grade students with valuable life skills education on various topics, including how to resist the pressures of drug use.
The D.A.R.E. Program serves all 7 school districts in Antrim County, and is solely funded by donation from people like you.
Currently, Deputy John Morris is assigned as the D.A.R.E. officer for Antrim County. Deputy Morris has been teaching D.A.R.E. for the past 12 years at 7 Elementary/Middle schools in our county.
Alba Public School
Bellaire Public Schools
Central Lake Public Schools
Elk Rapids Schools
Ellsworth Community School
Mancelona Public Schools
North Central Academy of Mancelona
D.A.R.E. is a 8 week curriculum taught one day a week in each class with a 4 week writing/reading assignment at the end. Once the curriculum is complete there is a D.A.R.E graduation ceremony. Students are awarded for their participation and for their individual accomplishments.
D.A.R.E. classes focus on:
- Alcohol and drug awareness
- Healthy decisions
- Identifying and resisting peer pressure
- Internet safety and social media safety
- Prescription and over the counter drug abuse
- Inhalant abuse
- Taking charge of one’s own life
Ways to be in charge and say no:
- Avoid the situation
- Strength in numbers
- Walk away
- Cold shoulder
- Say ‘no’
- Give a reason or a fact
- Change the subject
- Repeated Refusal (keep saying no)
- Use Humor
D.A.R.E. is in all 50 states, 40 countries, and taught in the U.S. Department of Defense Schools worldwide.For more information on D.A.R.E. please visit www.DARE.com
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