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This week D.A.R.E. students are working making safe and responsible choices.
A big part of D.A.R.E. is teaching strategies that not only help students with choices regarding drugs and alcohol, but to take those same strategies into other life lessons and decisions.
The decision model is Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate, which can be used in many situations for people of all ages.
Example situations taught this week included how to respond when a friend asks to copy your homework after a school activity kept them out late. Another situation was whether a friend who likes basketball should try out for the team since he’s not sure he’s good enough to make the team.
The students define the challenge or opportunity and assess the choices and consequences, both positive and negative.
Next week, we’ll move on to Lesson 4 with D.A.R.E., which is about resistance straegies.
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Antelope County’s D.A.R.E. program runs through donations from the community. The graduation t-shirts and booklets are purchased using those donations. If you’d like to offer a donation to D.A.R.E., take cash or mail a check it to the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department in Neligh. Please specify in the memo that this is for the D.A.R.E. program.