DATE: 02/26/20
TIME: 10:00 AM LOCATION: SMS GYM

SHELBY HONORS GRADUATES OF D.A.R.E. (DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION) PROGRAM

Shelby, Ohio – 5th grade students at Shelby Middle School are taking the D.A.R.E. pledge to stay off drugs as they graduate from the D.A.R.E. program on 02/26/20​. Given the national profile of D.A.R.E. graduates, it’s likely that they’ll keep the pledge for good.

Under the direction of a specially trained veteran Police Officer Keith Swisher, these students have learned the skills they need to avoid drugs, alcohol, and violence. The classes include extensive role playing on practical ways to resist pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and join gangs.

Because the officers have personal experience working with drug abusers on the street, young people consider them to be highly credible instructors.

The D.A.R.E. Lessons focus on four major areas: providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs, teaching students decision making skills, showing them how to resist peer pressure and giving them ideas for alternatives to drug use and violence.

D.A.R.E. began in 1983. It is now taught in more than 300,000 classrooms in 50 states and 53 countries around the world. It was re-adopted in the Shelby schools in October 2017, as a joint effort of the Shelby School District and the Shelby Police Department.