The internationally recognized anti-drug education program, D.A.R.E. is taught to fifth grade students in the Manitowoc Public School District, Roncalli Middle School, Bethany Lutheran School, and Immanuel Lutheran School.
The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program, founded in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, familiarizes young people with the hazards of drug abuse and violence and teaches them practical ways of resisting pressures to become involved with drugs and violence.
All lessons are taught by a uniformed police officer, with at least two (2) years of full-time law enforcement experience, who are selected to attend an intense training program for two (2) weeks prior to being certified to teach the lessons for both elementary and middle schools.
Students are taught the "Keeping it REAL" Elementary Program which emphasizes making safe and responsible decisions. Students learn to:
Exercise self control, particularly when under stress and pressure.
Identify the risks and consequences of their choices.
Make safe and responsible decisions.
Communicate more confidently and effectively.
Become safe and responsible citizens by learning how to help others and know how to get help.