Dare shows how to avoid drugs, violence (from our June print edition)


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Pelham Police Sergeant Brian Hendrie teaches during 2014.

5TH GRADE CLASSROOMS — Pelham Police Sergeant Brian Hendrie taught the fifth grade classes about drug abuse resistance education, or DARE. In this program, kids learn how to live drug-free and violence-free lives.

According to the DARE website, the program started in Los Angeles in 1983. Some police stations that do DARE are Pelham, Pelham Manor and the Illinois State Police.

“DARE envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance use and other dangerous behaviors,” said the website. “DARE is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.”

The program is used in 75 percent of the nation’s school districts.

“It’s really fun,” said Eloise McGibbon. “I think my favorite part is the stories Officer Hendrie tells us about himself and the police station.”

“I kind of do (like it) because it educates us not to do drugs or smoke,” said Alex Dolen. “I think the information is good because it helps us understand about bad things.”

“I like DARE a lot,” said Ella Klossner. “It’s fun to learn about what is bad about drugs and all that bad stuff. Officer Hendrie makes learning simple. He also teaches to make learning simple.”