Education Through Interaction
D.A.R.E. is an educational program in local elementary schools led formally led by a police officer. Objectives are achieved through fun and engaging learning activities throughout each lesson. Members of the Draper City Police Department began teaching the program in August 2005. Students in the private, public, and charter school systems in Draper receive the program in either the fifth or sixth grade.
About the Program
The D.A.R.E. program began in 1983 and was brought about in the City of Los Angeles, California. Throughout the years, the curriculum has gone through changes to make it more adaptive. The most recent change took place in 2012. D.A.R.E. in partnership with Penn State University released a new elementary curriculum entitled, “Keepin’ it REAL”. The theme of the program is to help students learn how to make safe and responsible choices using the Dare Decision Making Model (DDMM). Throughout the program, students learn that they can use the DDMM to make choices in everyday situations. The curriculum also discusses positive and negative consequences when a choice is made and educates students about the dangers of tobacco use and under age alcohol consumption.The students learn life skills through group and paired activities as well as quiet reflection at the conclusion of each lesson.
There are ten lessons in the elementary curriculum. Each lesson is designed with goals and objectives that the D.A.R.E. officer is trained to achieve. The structure of every lesson is the same and includes the following:
- Review of previous lesson
- Animated introduction story that ties previous lesson into current lesson
- Explain basic concepts
- Describe concepts and skills
- Practice Skills
- Apply the DDMM
- Review and individual journaling
- Closing Story
At the conclusion of the ten-week program, a graduation ceremony takes place. The event takes place during the day and parents and friends are encouraged to attend. Special guests from the community are invited to speak at the event and the graduates receive their D.A.R.E. t-shirts and certificates. During the ceremony, selected students are invited to read their essays, which describe their D.A.R.E. experiences.The event is an opportunity to congratulate the students for their participation in the program and provide them with a positive life experience that they can recall when faced with difficult situations.
Annually, approximately 600 students graduate from the D.A.R.E. program every year.
The Draper City Police Department would like to thank all of the principals, teachers, parents, and community members for their support of the D.A.R.E. program.
If you have any questions concerning the D.A.R.E. program, please contact one of these officers at (801) 576-6300.