Board game teaches dangers of drug use.

 

sheppardRecently the 6th grade students at Sheppard Elementary School completed the 6 week game entitled “It’s Party Time and it’s no game!”  Each week of the game represents one month in the life of an addict.  The students divided into 6 teams each representing a person with an addiction to Meth, Marijuana, prescription pills, alcohol, tobacco or is just a non-user.   Each  team had to work together to manage a budget that includes what type of  house they live in, kind of car they own, type of leisure activities they enjoy plus daily living expenses. The teams then deducted these expenses from their monthly budget.   They attempt to maintain their chosen lifestyle while experiencing the consequences of their specific drug of choice.   Each roll of the dice gave the teams the opportunity to land on a good or bad consequence of their chosen addiction.

The facilitator has multiple teachable moments with the class. And because the children are in game mode, they are very open to discuss the issues that their user lifestyle presents. This is the true power of the curriculum.  It teaches students the financial, social and health consequences of using tobacco, drugs and alcohol. It’s a simulator in the form of a board game. It’s AWESOME.

 

WFPD would like to thank one of our local DARE supporters.

dare sutherlandsThis week the Wichita Falls Police Department  would like to thank Sutherland’s      Sutherland’s has  been on-board since the beginning of the DARE bin program.   The bins are placed on the property of a business that volunteers a portion of their property for the bin.  The bins collect clothing items, toys, shoes, backpacks etc.  The  DARE program then receives a monthly donation from World Wear for the items collected in the bins over the past month.  The money raised stays local and assists in funding some aspects of the DARE program such as t-shirts, color changing pencils and give-away items for the students involved in the program. (Pictured is DARE Officer Sheehan, Sutherland employees Amanda Bullard, Delaney Willadson and Kaleb Laughlin.

The D.A.R.E. Vision

“A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”

DARE Winner Announced

FotorCreatedToday, WFPD DARE Officer Sheehan named Zundy 6th Grader Kayley Herpeche as the winner of the “Keepin’ It Real” art contest. Herpeche’s design was chosen out of several other submissions and is now featured on the tailgate of the WFPD DARE Dodge Ram pickup. Way to go Kayley and CONGRATULATIONS!

McNiel Junior High Yearbook supports DARE!

IMG_1033 (1)McNiel Junior High School yearbook staff took a break from class to show their support for the DARE Program this morning.  Your DARE officers are in the junior high schools teaching kids the “keepin it REAL” program.

“Keepin’ it REAL” teaches youth to think critically and communicate effectively. The lessons cover risk assessment, decision making, where to go for support, and communication skills such as conflict resolution and drug refusal. REAL stands for the resistance strategies – Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave . These strategies are based on the narrative stories from thousands of adolescents describing the teen world in their own words, especially their experiences with offers of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and other drugs.  The multimedia, culturally grounded middle school prevention program consists of ten school lessons and five videos developed by kids for kids.

Thank you for supporting DARE.

dare binWhile out and about today we caught up with a resident of Wichita Falls depositing clothing items in one of our local DARE clothing bins. She uses the bins all the time to donate clothing and toys to a worthy program.  The money  raised through the bins stays local and assists in funding some aspects of the DARE program such as t-shirts, color changing pencils and give away items for the students.  The Wichita Falls Police Department wants to say thank you to everyone supporting the DARE program, your contributions are very much appreciated and do not go unnoticed.

The D.A.R.E. Vision

“A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”

WFPD would like to thank one of our local DARE supporters.

IMG_0916This week the Wichita Falls Police Department  would like to thank Sheppard Air Force Base Homes-Freedom Estates.   Freedom Estates has also been on-board since the beginning of the DARE bin program. You may have noticed the many blue World Wear clothing bins that are placed throughout the city.  The bins are placed on the property of a business that volunteers a portion of their property for the bin.  The bins collect clothing items, toys, shoes, backpacks etc.  The  DARE program then receives a monthly donation from World Wear for the items collected in the bins over the month.  The money raised stays local and assists in funding some aspects of the DARE program such as t-shirts, color changing pencils and give-away items for the students involved in the program. (Pictured is DARE Officer Sheehan and  Tina Taylor and Linda Frazier of Freedom Estates).

The D.A.R.E. Vision

“A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”

Become a DARE Supporter and Place a Bin

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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program, D.A.R.E., is doing more than just educating students about saying “no” to drugs. The program is also collecting clothing and other items for kids in third world countries. D.A.R.E. officers say the donation program is a huge success, and many of the blue bins are often overflowing with items. World Wear Project picks up the items, then sells them to organizations that then send them to third world countries.

Here is how it works: You can drop off your gently worn shoes, clothes, belts, hats, purses, backpacks, and stuffed animals at each bin. Just for having the bins in Wichita Falls, World Wear Project donates 50 dollars per month per bin to the local D.A.R.E. program for the bins that were placed around town by the D.A.R.E. Officers. The funds stay local and allow the D.A.R.E. Officers to purchase much needed supplies for the program and fund the Junior Citizen Police Academy.

If you would like to become a DARE supporter by placing a bin on your business property, please call WFPD DARE Officer Danette Sheehan at 940-720-5005.

WFPD would like to thank one of our local DARE supporters.

IMG_0895This week the Wichita Falls Police Department  would like to thank Dr. Harris Chiropractic  at 4217 Fairway Blvd.   Dr. Harris is one of the many supporters of the Wichita Falls Police Department DARE program.  You may have noticed the many blue World Wear clothing bins that are placed throughout the city.  The bins are placed on the property of a business that volunteers a portion of their property for the bin.  The bins collect clothing items, toys, shoes, backpacks etc.  The  DARE program then receives a monthly donation from World Wear for the items collected in the bins over the month.  The money raised stays local and assists in funding some aspects of the DARE program such as t-shirts, color changing pencils and give-away items for the students involved in the program.

The D.A.R.E. Vision

“A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.”

DARE truck receives a makeover

FotorCreatedThe Wichita Falls Police Department DARE Dodge Ram truck recently received a fresh set of decals promoting the program.  The decals proudly display an American flag  design  along with the anniversary badge for the police department on the hood.  Artwork from a local DARE student is also displayed on the tailgate of the truck.  Be on the lookout for the vehicle around town!  Special thanks to Falls Trucking Inc., Lipscomb Chevrolet, Damon Martin and All Worldwear supporters.