D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teaches our children—from kindergarten through high school—that popularity can be found in positive behavior, that belonging need not require them to abandon their values, that self-confidence and self-worth come from asserting themselves and resisting destructive temptations. D.A.R.E. teaches them not just that they should refuse drugs and alcohol, and not participate in violent activities, but how to do so. D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It 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.

D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 49 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience gave them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. By getting the message from a street-wise police officer—one who's been out there, one who knows how drugs and alcohol can destroy lives—kids take that message seriously. Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. 40 hours of additional training are provided to D.A.R.E. instructors to prepare them to teach the high school curriculum.

D.A.R.E. is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of Justice has identified how D.A.R.E. benefits local communities:

  • D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people
  • D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
  • D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
  • D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics
  • D.A.R.E. opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues
***D.A.R.E. positively impacts 10 million students and their families worldwide each year***
To equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential.
Lt. Tim Buehler acquired the D.A.R.E. Officer certification in February 2004 by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Since this time Lt. Buehler has had over 400 D.A.R.E. Graduates from the New Athens Elementary School and St. Agatha's Catholic School.  Lt. Buehler has instructed the D.A.R.E. program for the Village of New Athens Police Department for eight years.  This was the first year (2012) the D.A.R.E. program was available at St. Agatha's Catholic School through the New Athens Police Department.  This was the last year for the current D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum.  The 'new' D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum will be nationally implemented in 2012.  D.A.R.E.'s new program will be titled "Keepin' it Real (kiR).  Lt. Buehler travelled to East Peoria, IL in June (2012) and received training to instruct and continue providing the D.A.R.E. program for New Athens students. 
In addition to the normal D.A.R.E. curriculum of nine sessions, Lt. Tim Buehler offered additional instruction to include:
--completing a methamphetamine presentation (to include history, manufacturing types, clandestine laboratories, injury possibilities, household items used and graphic pictures)
--explained Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and gave all students the opportunity to try the "Drunk Goggles" to view an intoxicated impairment level and to feel their balance affected
--had four New Athens High School (seniors) students used as "Role Models", to allow students to ask questions about 'real life' being a high school student and their choice to remain drug free
--all clases viewed "The Truth About Drugs" two hour DVD
    2012 D.A.R.E Grauduation -- New Athens Elementary School 
Located at the New Athens Elementary School on 03/20/12
Essay Winners:  Trentin Blakey, Hannah Fisher, William Ridlen, Bailey Lance
Honorable Mentions:  Levi Daab, Haley Boisseau, Kenny Main, Kara Hollansworth, George Schneider, John Bodendieck, Madalyn Killebrew Jessica Willhite
2012 D.A.R.E. Graduation --St. Agatha's Catholic School
Located at the St. Agatha's Parish Hall on 04/02/12
Essay Winners:  Bailey Kosarek (fifth grade) and Cassidy Neff (sixth grade)
Honorable Mentions:  Mathue Juenger (fifth grade) and John Harper (sixth grade)
Special thanks to the following to make the New Athens Police Department D.A.R.E. program successful:
New Athens Village President Gary Kearns
Village of New Athens Board of Trustees
New Athens Police Chief Dallas Hill
New Athens District #60 Superintendant Brian Karraker
New Athens Elementary Principal Jim Marlow
St. Agatha's School Principal Charlotte Newbold
Mrs. Browne, Mrs. Bierman, Mrs. Wombacher (teachers)
**All D.A.R.E. materials are provided through the New Athens Police Department Drug Enforcement fund**