Meet Roosevelt School's D.A.R.E. Officers
Weehawken Police Officers Sergio Fasciano and Daniel Lopez are the D.A.R.E. Officers at Roosevelt School. The teach our sixth grade students a special D.A.R.E. Curriculum designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience give them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime.
Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. Program, Officesr Fasciano and DiBari had to undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.
What is D.A.R.E?
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), is 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 nearly 80 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 52 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. The program, which was developed jointly by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District, initially focused on elementary school children. It has now been expanded to include middle school and high school students.