D.A.R.E. Program

DAREDrug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an anti-drug program taught to fifth and sixth grade students in the Manitowoc Public School District.  Lessons are taught by a uniformed police officer that shows students the hazards of drug abuse and violence and teaches them practical ways to resist those pressures. 

Elementary keepin’ it REAL Curriculum


An effective multicultural curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and based on the powerful Social Emotional Learning approach. This curriculum teaches the foundational skills that youth need to be safe, healthy, and responsible in leading drug-free lives.


  • Eight 60-minute lessons taught in Fall
  • Taught to All Public School 5th grade students
  • Evidence-based
  • Delivered by Certified D.A.R.E. Officers
  • Deep dive into material link

5th grade Opioid & OTC/Rx Lesson


These lessons in the comprehensive Opioid series helps students understand the difference between prescription and over-the-counter medicines, how to real labels on medication, use drug facts labels to understand medicine use and risks. Students engage in scenario-based activities that help them apply effective decision making skills related to medicine use.


  • One 60-minute lesson included in the Fall Elementary DARE Classes
  • Designed for 5th grade students
  • Accompanied by take-home Be Safe booklet and Family Talk
  • Delivered by Certified D.A.R.E. Officers


5th Grade Vaping Lesson



Vaping nicotine nearly doubled among high school seniors from 11 percent in 2017 to 20.9 percent in 2018. More than 1 in 10 eighth graders (10.9 percent) say they vaped nicotine in the past year, and use is up significantly in virtually all vaping measures among 8th, 10th and 12th graders. These are—by far—the biggest one-year increases ever seen for any substance in the history of the Monitoring the Future survey.  In this lesson, students will learn about the risks associated with vaping and understand how knowledge of risk factors increases over the lifespan of a product.


  • One Enhancement lesson taught in Fall Elementary DARE Classes
  • Delivered by Certified D.A.R.E. Officers
  • Lesson Objectives
  • Recognize and identify basic information about vaping.
  • Understand that most people in their grade do not vape.
  • Identify similarities between tobacco and vape use, attitudes, and effects.
  • Identify risks associated with nicotine use.
  • Understand that products initially appearing safe may later be considered harmful as research and user data are studied over time.
To learn more about the local D.A.R.E. program, please visit http://www.manitowoc.org/index.aspx?nid=330 

To find out more about the nation-wide D.A.R.E. program, please visit http://www.dare.org/

To find out more about the Wisconsin D.A.R.E. program, please visit http://www.darewisconsin.org/

DARE MASCOT  Click here for DARE Family Talk Letters

DARE at Timber Rattlers   DARE speech


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