Long Prairie - Minnesota 

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Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

Elementary D.A.R.E. Program

Instructor: D.A.R.E. Officer Chief Kevin Langer

  • St. Mary's Catholic School
  • Long Prairie / Grey Eagle Public School

A 10 week program which helps students identify and resist social pressures to use drugs.  It teaches students about problem solving, and how to avoid violence.  D.A.R.E. begins by educating students about drugs and alcohol, and discusses the consequences of using or not using them.  It teaches students the importance of building self-esteem, and shows them ways to resist peer pressure.  D.A.R.E. also encourages students to become involved in healthy, positive, alternative activities in their homes, schools, and community.

Jr. High D.A.R.E. Program

Instructor: D.A.R.E. Officer Chief Kevin Langer

  • Long Prairie / Grey Eagle Public School

The Jr. High D.A.R.E. Program is a series of ten lessons that is taught by a street-experienced law enforcement officer in cooperation with the teacher.  The D.A.R.E. program is planned to help students strengthen their skills and understandings that will enable them to recognize and resist the pressures that influence some young people to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, and other drugs.

The Jr. High D.A.R.E. program also provides the students with an opportunity to discuss issues of concern among teenagers.  These issues include examining the risks and consequences of alcohol and other drug use, and the becoming involved in acts of violence.  The students explore ways of dealing with anger and conflicts without being violent.

The students are also given an opportunity to learn about the skills and qualities needed to achieve good character and citizenship and to make choices that will enable them to keep safe and free from drugs and violence.