Parents Get D.A.R.E. Overview
Hasbrouck Heights Police Lt. Shawn Mullins conducted an overview
of the D.A.R.E. program for HH 5th Grade parents on Monday,
November 19, 2007 at Police Department Headquarters.
The D.A.R.E. program’s goal is to significantly reduce/eliminate
the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and the use of violent
behavior by young people.
The 5th Grade D.A.R.E. program is the first in a series of three
components (the other two are 9th and 11th Grade programs).
Lt. Mullins stated the 5th Grade Program is directed toward
developing the capacities needed to enable students to take
charge of their lives with particular emphasis on substance
use and abuse.
The objectives include:
• Understanding the physical, emotional, social and legal
risks and effects of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and inhalants
(ATOD) on their developing brains and bodies.
• Comparing and contrasting the normative beliefs of peers
in their classroom with national data about teen use of ATOD
and revise their understanding about how many peers do not use
• Expanding their knowledge about a variety of positive
things to do in school and community (pro-social behavior) that
do not involve the use of ATOD.
• Understanding what refusal strategies, sound communication
skills, and assertiveness and resistance skills are and be able
to apply them in a developmentally appropriate way in a variety
of life-like situations.
Lt. Mullins then provided the D.A.R.E. 10 lesson curriculum
that the children will be participating in during the school
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