Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
D.A.R.E. Elementary Program
The Kenner Police
Department offers a Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E.
Program, to students in grades K-5. The 5th grade D.A.R.E.
classes are offered in 45-60 minute increments one day per week
for 17 weeks.
which is constantly updated, teaches pupils to resist drugs and
violence by focusing on the development of self-esteem,
fostering communication, and encouraging social bonding with
family, school and community. The child is encouraged to develop
what is unique and special about him, and to explore options
that are positive and productive, which is in direct contrast to
abusing drugs and seeing violence as a solution.
taught to identify and respond effectively to the pressures that
influence them to experiment with illegal substances or become
involved in gangs. The classes focus on alternatives that teach
youngsters to resolve
in a nonviolent manner, including the development of social
competence, empathy, decision-making skills, conflict
resolution, sense of purpose and independence. By teaching
students important concepts like compromise, waiting to resolve
a problem until both parties have had a chance to cool off, and
asking for a moderator, students are less apt to act in anger.
At the conclusion
of instruction, students must write an essay detailing the
importance of remaining drug free. As part of the program, D.A.R.E. students meet high school seniors who function as role
models, imparting information about middle and high school. The
students will participate in a school-wide D.A.R.E. culmination
or graduation ceremony.
D.A.R.E. Middle School Program
The Kenner Police
Department has a certified D.A.R.E. Middle School Instructor.
The middle-school level enforces the elementary-level D.A.R.E.
curriculum. This program is implemented in the 7th grade. The
D.A.R.E. middle school program is presented in a ten-day block
format. Follow up lessons are also presented in the 8th grade
through a five-day Judicial Consequences lecture.
communicates current laws on the books of the Louisiana Criminal
Code to at risk-youngsters in the Robert L. Rivarde Juvenile
Detention Center. This program is geared to young people who
have already gotten in trouble with the law. The primary focus
is crimes against persons. This information is imparted to the
residents to facilitate understanding of the prevailing laws in
our society, with the hope that the knowledge will enable them
to make more productive, better choices. The discussion also
focuses on putting a face on the victim of these crimes. Open
discussion of the law is encouraged through case studies and
Resources for Parents with
officers conduct assistance sessions with parents who need
outside aid or guidance with their children. The focus is on
evoking open discussion and understanding each other's roles as
parent and child. Information is passed to both parties about
laws that both should be aware of. The child is also alerted to
their responsibility and conformity to parents' rules.
Instructors also participate in the nationally validated
Helping One Student To Succeed, or HOST Program. The
instructor works with two children for one-half hour each once
per week. The program enables the student to excel in
math/language arts by providing a mentor to assist and encourage
to at-risk students.