police d.a.r.e. program


Shelter Island D.A.R.E. was founded 15 years ago. Since then, the Police Department has instructed the curriculum and held graduation ceremonies every year for successful D.A.R.E. graduates. Below is a summary of what D.A.R.E. is about.

The revised 5th and 6th grade core curriculum consists of the following 10 lessons:

  • Purposes and Overview of the D.A.R.E. Program
  • Tobacco and You
  • Smoke Screen
  • Alcohol and You
  • The Real Truth
  • Friendship Foundations
  • Putting It All Together
  • Personal Action
  • Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Special Event - Culmination

The new curriculum was designed with the flexibility to allow local agencies to deliver and enhance information that is specific to their respective locations. The goal of these lessons is to equip the student with the life skills to make informed decisions and use the tools they have learned to make good choices concerning, drugs, violence and their friends. This is done through the use of workbook activities, group activities, dvds, officer presentations and field trips.

The revised D.A.R.E. “Keepin' it REAL" Middle/Junior High School Lessons are as follows:

  • Lesson One: Options and Choices
  • Lesson Two: Risks
  • Lesson Three: Communication and Conflict
  • Lesson Four: Refuse
  • Lesson Five: Explain
  • Lesson Six: Avoid
  • Lesson Seven: Leave
  • Lesson Eight: Norms
  • Lesson Nine: Feelings
  • Lesson Ten: Support Networks

In addition to the above listed lessons, two optional add-on lessons dealing with the misuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are now available. 

With the implementation of the “Keepin' it REAL" middle school curriculum, D.A.R.E. continues to be recognized as one of the most effective school-based prevention networks worldwide. The current curriculum focuses on the same instruction and overall principles as the elementary curriculum but it is delivered in a more interactive setting in which students are in set groups and are allowed to interact to discover and express their beliefs about life’s decisions.

Send us your D.A.R.E. questions or comments email us at dare@shelterislandpolice.us or fill out the form below