Students in grade 5 and 7 participate in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. It is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive, drug and violence-free lives. The D.A.R.E. program is more than just drug prevention education; it teaches students good decision making skills to help them avoid high-risk behavior to ensure they grow up healthy, safe and secure. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and was proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. Our D.A.R.E. instructor is Officer Shields.