D.A.R.E. is an educational program to help kids learn about drugs, peer pressure, and the effects that drugs have on people. Each student receives a D.A.R.E. workbook with several activities in it. The program consists of ten forty-five minute lessons taught by an experienced deputy sheriff. D.A.R.E. Drug Abuse Resistance Education is a nation wide program in use in many schools in America.
The Barry County Sheriff's D.A.R.E. unit consists of one officer, Deputy Larry Stockton, who is actively teaching the program. The D.A.R.E. program is funded by county funds and supplies. However, this is not enough and we are continually and actively seeking donations to help make the program the best that it can be and continue to keep our youth drug and violence free. Deputy Larry Stockton is assigned to the Exeter, Purdy, Shell Knob, Southwest and Wheaton Schools. D.A.R.E. Officers can initiate several positive alternative activity programs, they can be a positive role model for the youth in our community and still the desired results would be limited. The D.A.R.E. program requires more than an officer in the classroom, it requires the involvement of the school and most importantly the involvement of the parents to be a truly effective program. Parents are the first and most powerful role model in the life of their child. Parents are the children's first "ROLE MODELS" and what parents do, children will also do. There is a sign in a school that reads, "if we are not practicing what we teach, then we are teachings something different." Parents should reinforce at home what the D.A.R.E. Officer is teaching at school.
The Barry County Sheriff's Office has been involved in delivering the D.A.R.E. program in area schools since 1991 and was first taught by Dana Kammerlohr. The D.A.R.E. program is a ten week life skills program taught to 6th graders by specially trained police officers. Since its inception in 1983, the D.A.R.E. program has been taught to millions of children, in all 50 states and in several countries. The D.A.R.E. lessons help children build self- esteem, manage stress, foresee behavioral consequences, resist pro-drug media messages, and identify alternatives to drug us. It doesn't just tell the to say "NO", it teaches them how to say "NO."