The D.A.R.E. program has been sponsored by the Idaho Falls Police Department for over 20 years as a way to teach children about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. The program also emphasizes good decision-making to allow children to set their course in becoming happy, productive and law-abiding citizens.
The program works thanks to the commitment from IFPD,
Bonneville County Sheriff's Office and Idaho Falls School District 91
administration in dedicating time and resources for the D.A.R.E.
curriculum to be taught within the schools.
Each semester Idaho Falls D.A.R.E. Officers spend weeks in each of the
fifth and sixth grade classes teaching the students about the most
current and factual knowledge of the harmful effects of drugs and
alcohol. Students also learn various ways to say no to drugs as they
learn how to handle peer pressure and how to make good decisions.
Students are also strongly encouraged to develop a healthy lifestyle as
they are challenged each week to study hard, eat right, get plenty of
exercise and participate in good activities.
Upon completion of
the program, students, parents and guardians are invited to participate
in a special graduation ceremony that highlights the lessons learned
during the semester.
The Idaho Falls and Bonneville County D.A.R.E. Board oversees the
operations and curriculum. Drive. Slaughter's House of Terror is a large
financial contributor to the program.