(Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
Community Policing Officer Edward C. Bonchak facilitated the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program this year for the Euclid Police Department. DARE is a joint effort by the police department and the Euclid Board of Education to help prevent drug abuse in young people.
Officer Bonchak has taught the DARE curriculum in the schools for the past twenty-one years, graduating more than twenty-one thousand Euclid students through the program. This past year, Officer Bonchak instructed sixth- and eighth-grade students at Forest Park Middle School and Central Middle School in the DARE Program’s Rx & OTC (Over the Counter) Drug Abuse curriculum. More than four hundred students successfully completed the course. Seventh grade students at the aforementioned schools were taught the dangers of gateway drugs, (tobacco, alcohol and marijuana) and received pledge cards which helped to remind them of the importance of making good, healthy choices.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a partnership between schools, police and parents. Established in 1983, D.A.R.E. is taught by specially trained police officers or retired police officers who facilitate classes, which provide students with the tools and skills that will help them with the following…
- Decision making
- Facts about drugs
- The influence of the media
- How to resist peer pressure
- Ways to stay in charge of their lives
- How to be good citizens in their community
The Euclid Police Department’s D.A.R.E. Program also provides supplemental lessons reference…
- Prescription drugs
- Internet safety
- Parent program