ROSELLE, NJ - Members of the Roselle Police and Fire Departments hosted a picnic for students from the L.V. Moore School on Thursday afternoon in Warinanco Park. It was lots of games, food, and fun for about 250 students and they enjoyed the park on a prefect sunny day. Pinho’s Bakery in Roselle also treated the kids to cupcakes! 

The D.A.R.E. program is a police officer led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. 

Going beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. D.A.R.E. gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.

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D.A.R.E. is taught to the students of Roselle over a ten week period; the officers visit each classroom once per week. Students learn from the officer’s experience on the job, classroom activities, and materials, such as workbooks and handouts. 

The students write essays and draw posters about being drug and alcohol free. They receive awards and prizes for participation and the class culminates in a graduation ceremony for all students.

Funding for Roselle’s D.A.R.E. Program is made possible with help from the Everett Hatcher Municipal Alliance.