Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), stylized as D.A.R.E., is an international education program founded by Daryl F. Gates that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. DARE, which has expanded globally since its founding in 1983, is a demand-side drug control strategy of the American War on Drugs. Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs or join gangs and are taught by local police officers about the dangers of drug use in an interactive in-school curriculum which lasts ten weeks. DARE America has its headquarters in Inglewood, California.

The D.A.R.E. Program, Keepin It Real, is being taught to the 5th Graders at the
St. Ansgar Middle School in St. Ansgar.
The D.A.R.E. Officer is Chief Lance Schutjer, who has taught D.A.R.E. since 1991.

For more information on what the D.A.R.E. Program is about, check out the following links:
D.A.R.E. America
Iowa D.A.R.E. Association

D.A.R.E. Iowa Mission Statement

"The mission of D.A.R.E. Iowa is to improve the quality of life for the youth of the state by assisting them to avoid harmful choices through developing and coordinating the resources and training necessary to permit local D.A.R.E. Officers, schools, and communities to effectively provide D.A.R.E. instruction to the young people of the Iowa."