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2019-2020 Calendar of Events

Become a DARE Role Model

To learn more about what a DARE Role Model does, click here.
To download a printable application form, click here

DARE Spring Dances 2020

Tickets will be sold to the 5th and 6th grade dance as follows:

Kinsner - May 13
St. Joseph and John -- May 19
Surrarrer -- May 21
Muraski -- May 22
Whitney -- May 26
Chapman -- May 27 
Strongsville Middle School -- May 21 - 29 

To volunteer for to help out at the 5th and 6th grade dance, click here

To volunteer to help out at the 7th and 8th grade dance, click here

Does D.A.R.E. work? Read about D.A.R.E. in the 21st Century

What is D.A.R.E?

D.A.R.E. to Say NO

Learning to say "No" and not feeling compelled to go along with the crowd is the essence of D.A.R.E., an anti-drug program started in Ohio in 1987. The program is co-sponsored by the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ohio Department of Education.

D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education - is a preventative program originally developed in Los Angeles. Uniformed law enforcement officers teach the curriculum in school, aiming to equip young people with the skills to resist peer pressure to experiment with harmful drugs. The concept is straightforward and simple- D.A.R.E. to say NO!

Since its creation, D.A.R.E. has become the largest anti-drug program in the world. The program is taught in more than 54 countries to over 36 million children each year. The program is taught in 80% of the schools in the United States and is taught in every state.

Approximately 650 Ohio Law Enforcement Officers who have been trained to teach the D.A.R.E. program work in nearly every county of Ohio. Since 1987, close to two million Ohio school children have gone through the D.A.R.E. program. The program's primary focus is fifth and sixth graders because studies indicate that children in these grades are most responsive to prevention education. The curriculum is reinforced throughout Middle School and High School.

A Heavy Dose of Instruction

One of the unique features of D.A.R.E. is the use of police officers as instructors. The D.A.R.E. officer's main audience is fifth and sixth grade students. He/she visits each class once a week and stays on campus all day, interacting with students during lunch and recess.

Officers selected for this "classroom beat" have been carefully screened, and are trained by specialists in education and psychology to present D.A.R.E.'s 17-lesson program in an engaging and effective manner.

The D.A.R.E. curriculum focuses on four major areas:
· Providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs;
· Teaching students decision-making skills;
· Showing them how to resist peer pressure;
· Helping them develop alternatives to drug use.

D.A.R.E. Officers employ a variety of activity-oriented techniques to involve students in group discussions, role-playing exercises, and a healthy exchange of ideas and feelings.


The Strongsville D.A.R.E. Program

The core-curriculum of Strongsville's D.A.R.E. program is taught in 6th grade classrooms in each elementary school in Strongsville as well as St. Joseph and John. D.A.R.E. Officer Don Poney teaches this 17-week program at a different school each day. He spends the entire day on campus, in the classroom and interacting with students during lunch and recess.

Lessons in this program focus on four major areas:
· Providing accurate information about alcohol and drugs;
· Teaching students decision-making skills;
· Showing them how to resist peer pressure;
· Helping them develop alternatives to drug use.

The conclusion of this program is celebrated with a special D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony.

Strongsville's D.A.R.E. Program is recognized as one of the best D.A.R.E. programs in the State of Ohio. Strongsville's D.A.R.E. officers, with the help of D.A.R.E. coordinator, Marie McManus, host numerous events throughout the year to reinforce what has been learned and to stress the importance of healthy alternatives to drug use. These events include;
· D.A.R.E. Halloween parties
· D.A.R.E. Roller skating and Ice skating parties
· D.A.R.E. Dunk Tank (at the Homecoming Festival)

Contact Officer Don at 440-580-3256 or

D.A.R.E. Links

WWW.DARE.COM The Official National DARE website
WWW.DRUGFREEAMERICA.ORG The Partnership For A Drug-Free America
WWW.MADD.ORG Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
WWW.MISSINGKIDS.COM National Center for Missing Children
WWW.NCPC.ORG National Crime Prevention Council
WWW.STATE.OH.US/ODPS The Ohio Department of Public Safety