The Meeker County Sheriff's Office is a participant in the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.
D.A.R.E. is a collaborative program in which local law enforcement and local schools join together to educate students about personal and social consequences of substance abuse and violence.
First developed in 1983, more than 26 million U.S. children in more than 300,000 classrooms in 10,000 communities in all 50 states will benefit from D.A.R.E. this year. D.A.R.E. benefits an additional 10 million children in 51 other countries.
Meeker County D.A.R.E.
The Meeker County Sheriff's Office is involved with 5th grade students in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Schools as well as Eden Valley-Watkins School. Many experts in education and medicine believe substance abuse prevention and anger management techniques must begin early.
The D.A.R.E. program helps children build their self-esteem, manage stress and anger, foresee behavioral consequences, resist pro-drug media messages and identify alternatives to drug use. It doesn’t just tell them to say "no," it teaches them how to say "no." D.A.R.E. accomplishes this by:
Providing students with accurate information about alcohol and drugs
Teaching students ways to resist drugs and violence while providing alternatives to drug use
Teaching students decision-making skills and the consequences of their behavior
Building students’ self esteem while teaching them how to resist peer pressure