D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has been a program taught by police officers both nationally and internationally since 1983. The Xenia Police Division has taught the D.A.R.E. program since 1992. The program is currently taught on the fifth grade level at all five Xenia Community Elementary Schools along with St. Brigid, Xenia Christian and Summit Academy.
The D.A.R.E. program is taught during the course of one semester and focuses on 2 primary areas. The 1st part of the program focuses on decision-making and the physical consequences of using tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants. The second part of the program focuses on friendships and how to successfully resist the personal and peer pressures to use drugs. To graduate from the program, each student is required to complete his/her D.A.R.E. workbook and write an essay. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony, which parents are encouraged to attend.
While teaching D.A.R.E., the Xenia D.A.R.E. officer maintains a presence in the elementary schools and also tutors, reads, and teaches safety lessons to some of the younger students. During the summer months, the D.A.R.E. officer stays busy conducting Safety City in June, the D.A.R.E. Golf Scramble in mid summer, and D.A.R.E. Camp in August.
All of the D.A.R.E. programs offer an excellent opportunity for the children in our community to interact with law enforcement officers and promotes positive relationships between the local police, schools, students, and parents.