D.A.R.E is an innovative program built upon a partnership between the Jeffersontown Police Department, and local schools. Certified D.A.R.E. officers deliver the D.A.R.E. America’s keepin’ it REAL curriculum to 4th and 5th graders at four of the city’s elementary schools, as well as Junior High students at Carrither’s Middle School. The participating elementary schools are Cochrane, Jeffersontown, Tully, and St. Edward.
Each year D.A.R.E. is taught to over 800 elementary students, and 350 middle school students.
The D.A.R.E. keepin’ it REAL curriculum identifies fundamental basic skills needed for healthy development, including;
Self-awareness and management
Responsible decision making, and making healthy choices
Relationship and communication skills
Handling responsibilities and challenges
The curriculum is based upon the core concepts of responsibility, decision making, drug information, risks and consequences, peer pressure, stress, confident communication , nonverbal communication, listening, bullying, helping others, and getting help.
The program is currently being taught by Officer Felicia Burba. For more information on the D.A.R.E program, visit the D.A.R.E. America.