The Frederick County Sheriffs Office D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program began in the fall of 1988, in seven elementary schools in Frederick County, with one Deputy teaching a 17-week Curriculum in the fifth grade classrooms. These lessons, each lasting approximately 45 minutes, ranged in topics from Ways of Saying No, Peer Pressure, Self-Esteem, Media Influence on Youth, Assertiveness, Skits, as well as Role Models being brought in from the high schools, to answer concern the students might have going into the middle schools.
Today, the Frederick County D.A.R.E. curriculum is a 12-week program, addressing the importance of taking the time to make good choices, not only to drug use, but also to friends, who might try to talk them into things that could be wrong or dangerous. The fifth grade students get to role-play various situations with their classmates, and try to pick what might to be best way to respond to these situations.
Deputy Jeanine Bowers is currently in charge of the Frederick County D.A.R.E program. Email Deputy Bowers
December 15, 2016
For the past three years, we, at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, have asked the Frederick County Public School fifth graders to design the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) t-shirt. The fifth graders submit a drawing that they feel would best represent the program.
This year we combined two drawings to create the design. Ashlyn Peiffer, from Orchard View Elementary School, and Carlos Garcia, from Redbud Run Elementary School, each submitted a positive concept that they felt represented the D.A.R.E. program. We combined both of their ideas to create this years’ t-shirt for the entire fifth grade in Frederick County.
The D.A.R.E. program focuses on decision making and the consequences, both positive and negative, of the choices that they make. Each fifth grade student is held to a high standard, when making a choice. The children understand how important it is to think about the consequences before making a final decision. The children know that they do not have a lot of time to make some of these choices and the outcome could affect them for the rest of their lives.
Each student that successfully completes the D.A.R.E. program receives a t-shirt. Each PTO/PTA within the elementary schools has been generous enough to provide the funding to purchase the t-shirts. After the concept has been chosen, the creative staff at Signet helps us to make the idea become our final design.
We, at the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, would like to thank each student that submitted an idea, as well as, the PTO/PTA from each elementary school for helping us to make the D.A.R.E. program encourage the children, and the staff at Signet for making these ideas into a memory for our children.