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D.A.R.E.

DARE

The Seguin Police Department D.A.R.E. program was started in 1994. Since the start, our D.A.R.E. program has gained the support of the community, and continues to grow each year. The DARE program teaches valuable lessons for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades with the primary goal to eliminate the use of Tobacco and Alcohol.

D.A.R.E. also became involved in additional activities, such as sponsoring an annual Halloween Safe House, SPD Blue Santa Program, National Night Out, Cinderella Ball, and the annual Cops and Kids Picnic.

Our program has taken on a new look, and a new ten-week curriculum that is scheduled throughout the school year. The D.A.R.E. program is currently taught to fifth and sixth grade students in Seguin I.S.D. elementary schools, in addition to Navarro Middle School in Navarro I.S.D.

Fifth and sixth grade program is taught by a trained, uniformed SPD Officer, Hope Vasquez. Students learn about making safe and responsible choices and to identify the risks and consequences of their choices.

The D.A.R.E. lessons focus on:

• Providing students with accurate information about drugs and violence.

• Providing students with the knowledge base on the effects of drug abuse that go beyond the physical ramifications and extend to emotional, social, and economic aspects of life.

• Teaching responsibility, decision-making and problem solving skills and strategies to help students make informed decisions and resist drug use, peer pressure and violence.

• Showing students how to resist peer pressure.

• Choosing good friends, helping others, resisting bullying, building self-esteem and confident communication skills, and drug avoidance techniques.

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D.A.R.E. is currently being taught at the following schools:

  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Koennecke Elementary School
  • McQueeney Elementary School
  • Patlan Elementary School
  • Rodriguez  Elementary School
  • Vogel Elementary School
  • Weinert Elementary School
  • Navarro Intermediate School
  • St. James Catholic School

Currently, one full-time police officer is assigned to the D.A.R.E. unit. For more information, visit the national D.A.R.E. website or Officer Hope Vasquez at 830-401-2386 or DARE@seguintexas.gov.

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