D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The program helps kids effectively resist drugs and violence by teaching them the personal skills and techniques necessary to deal with peer pressure and media influence. It’s taught by specially-trained uniformed police officers, and includes one lesson per week, for ten weeks, for children in grades 5 and 7. A wide range of teaching techniques are used including questions and answers, group discussion, role playing, and workbook exercises.
About 2,300 students participate in the program each year, and since 1998, over 20,000 students have completed the D.A.R.E. program in the Fundy Region. The D.A.R.E. program is funded by corporations and service groups in the Fundy Region.