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Millions of school children around the world benefit from D.A.R.E.: Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.

D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.

D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches 5th grade children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

D.A.R.E. Role Models are high school students selected for their commitment to a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle.  They assist the Vidalia Police Department DARE officer deliver the DARE program at Sally Meadows Elementary School.