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Monday, May 29, 2017

Lakeland School District

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DARE Program Transitions 2017-2018 School Year

As most of you know the DARE program has been an important component of the fifth grade curriculum at our elementary schools. This coming year, we will be transitioning the DARE Curriculum from grade five to grade eight at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School.

The fifth grade program was extremely important and helpful in teaching younger students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and teaching them to make appropriate choices. With limited resources, however, and the very serious social/emotional and drug-related issues facing adolescents, it is important that we use these resources in grade eight where students are easily influenced and begin to make some serious life choices.

We will “prepare for DARE” through sessions in grade 5 which will cover such topics as peer pressure, bullying, social media, tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. Beginning in 2017-2018, we will present the new DARE Curriculum in grade 8. The program will be provided to all eighth graders at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School by Detective Finn from the Yorktown Police Department. It is being co-sponsored by the Towns of Cortlandt and Yorktown and Lakeland is most appreciative of this tremendous support.

We also want to thank Cortlandt Town Supervisor, Linda Puglisi and Yorktown Supervisor, Michael Grace for their support of DARE over the many years it has been an integral part of the fifth grade experience for our students.

Please feel free to contact your principal or Central Office if you have any questions or concerns about these changes.

Sincerely, George E. Stone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools