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National D.A.R.E. Day

Say "no" to drugs and "yes" to National D.A.R.E. Day - a day dedicated to promoting healthy choices and drug prevention education for our youth!
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Get ready to stand up against drugs and violence on National D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Day on September 15! This day was first established in 1983 by the Los Angeles Unified School District as a way to educate students about the dangers of drug use and promote positive decision-making skills. Since then, it has grown into a national observance that is celebrated in schools across the country, with special events and activities focused on empowering young people to say "no" to drugs and violence. So let's come together and make a difference in our communities on this important day!

History of National D.A.R.E. Day

National D.A.R.E. Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1983</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>D.A.R.E. Program Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Los Angeles Unified School District initiates the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to educate students about drug prevention.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>D.A.R.E. Goes Nationwide</div><div class='timeline-text'>The D.A.R.E. program is scaled across the United States, reaching thousands of schools nationwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First D.A.R.E. Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Day is officially observed on September 15.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Curriculum Update</div><div class='timeline-text'>The D.A.R.E. program revamps its curriculum, placing a greater emphasis on social and emotional learning.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Prevention through Technology</div><div class='timeline-text'>D.A.R.E. launches "Keepin' it REAL," an interactive program that uses digital media and innovative technologies to educate students about drug prevention.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>D.A.R.E.'s COVID-19 Response</div><div class='timeline-text'>In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, D.A.R.E. adapts its programs to digital platforms, sustaining the education around drug prevention amidst school closures.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National D.A.R.E. Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take the D.A.R.E. pledge</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Start the day off by taking the D.A.R.E. pledge and commit to making healthy and responsible choices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a community clean-up</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get involved in your community by organizing a clean-up event. This is a great way to give back and make a positive impact on the environment.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Participate in a drug-free activity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate National D.A.R.E. Day by participating in a drug-free activity, such as hiking, playing sports, or going to a concert.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local D.A.R.E. program</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Contact your local D.A.R.E. program and see if they need any volunteers for events or activities. It's a great way to support the cause and make a difference in your community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use your social media platforms to spread awareness about the importance of making healthy and responsible choices, and encourage others to do the same on National D.A.R.E. Day.</p></div></div>

Why National D.A.R.E. Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes awareness about the dangers of drugs</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>D.A.R.E. Day serves as a reminder to individuals and communities about the harmful effects of drugs on both individuals and society. It is important to educate people, especially young children, about the risks and consequences associated with drug use.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports drug prevention programs in schools</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>D.A.R.E. Day helps raise funds for the D.A.R.E. program, which works to prevent drug use and violence among youth through education and community outreach. By supporting this program, you are helping to ensure that children receive vital information and resources to make healthy choices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates those who have graduated from the D.A.R.E. program</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>D.A.R.E. Day is also a day to honor and recognize those who have successfully completed the D.A.R.E. program and have committed to living a drug-free life. It serves as a reminder that it is possible for individuals to make positive changes and avoid the dangers of drugs.</p></div></div>

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National D.A.R.E. Day FAQs

When is National D.A.R.E. Day?

National D.A.R.E. Day is celebrated on September 15 every year. In 2024 National D.A.R.E. Day will occur on a Sunday.

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