Students at Our Lady of Hope celebrated their D.A.R.E. graduations on June 1, 2023 culminating a 10-week long program that the sixth-graders successfully completed in the course of the semester. The course has been taught in the Baltimore County schools for more than 35 years.

Children in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms throughout the country today face a multitude of high risk circumstances including the temptation to use drugs and alcohol, violence, bullying, and internet safety, not to mention the fear of school violence.

The D.A.R.E. program teaches students decision making skills that equip them to lead safe and healthy lives. Lessons include the dangers of drug abuse, how to resist and refuse peer pressure, and how to take a stand against bullying. The D.A.R.E. program is designed to boost students’ social skills, enhance self-esteem, and provide tools to help them make responsible decisions.

Baltimore County Police Department teaches the program to more than 3,100 students in 15 schools during the course of the school year. Funding for the D.A.R.E. program is provided in part through grants, and donations.

By Michael Casamento, Maryland D.A.R.E. Coordinator
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