Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Our students are empowered to make good life decisions each day. Through social skill teaching, modeling, cooperative learning, and D.A.R.E, our students are provided with the examples and models they need to make positive choices in their own lives.

Our sixth graders have been given the opportunity through D.A.R.E, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, to learn from Officer Hogan, from the Woodridge Police Department, the D.A.R.E curriculum. D.A.R.E  goes beyond discussing drug abuse resistance, and extends to teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.

In this blog, I wanted to share students' thoughts and perspectives on our D.A.R.E program. In Woodridge 68, our 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th graders participate in D.A.R.E.

This year we have had DARE lessons with officer Hogan. DARE is a program where we learn about bullying, substance abuse, life choices, and communication. We have learned about the consequences of our actions and choices in life. We have learned about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol on our bodies.  Officer Hogan has taught us (with the help of our DARE booklets) about the many effects of alcohol and smoking on our bodies. He has also told us life-like situations and shared his personal experiences. He talked to us about how to communicate effectively with others. Officer Hogan has also instructed us on how to deal with bullying. DARE has been extremely helpful and a good experience. We like how interactive it is, because the students can participate in the lesson and ask all our questions. This is good, because it allows us to learn more about the lesson and learn about what we’re curious about. In our opinion, all kids should have DARE because it teaches kids many things. It is very important that kids learn these lessons, or they may make bad choices that will ruin their futures. If we don't learn this at an early age, it can result in severe consequences. Thank you officer Hogan for taking time to teach us!

By: Miranda and Denise

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