D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) began in Los Angeles in 1983. It slowly spread across the country, and to date has been presented to 100 million children since its inception.
26 million children in the United States will benefit this year, with another 100 million children worldwide benefiting as well.
Millis first presented D.A.R.E. at the Clyde Brown School in 1991. It originally started under then chief Al Baima. For that first D.A.R.E. class, the teacher was (now retired) officer Hunter, and next was Officer Kevin Fortier. Officer Fortier was killed in an automobile accident in 1995, leaving the Millis program without a trained local D.A.R.E. officer.
The program was kept alive thanks to the efforts of officers from the Massachusetts State Police and the Norfolk County Sheriff's office. In 1998, Sgt. McGowan was trained and certified as a D.A.R.E. Officer.
Originally, D.A.R.E. was presented to the fifth grade.program, but now also makes presentations and classroom visits to kindergarten through fourth grade students.
The core curriculum has also expanded to include classroom instruction and field trips, stressing the fact that there are many positive alternatives to drug use and violence.
For the 2010-2011 school year, we are fortunate to be able to present the DARE program. Focusing on self-esteem, responsibility and resisting peer pressure, the content is research and principle based, with authentic, life-like, problem-based activities.
Officer Christopher Soffayer is in his sixth year as Millis' D.A.R.E. instructor, and brings immeasurable enthusiasm and vitality to the Millis D.A.R.E. program. Under his direction, the program has expanded even further, and gets better each year.