Timothy Ball Elementary school fifth grade students have just successfully completed the D.A.R.E curriculum and celebrated in grand fashion with a wonderful graduation ceremony. The Drug Abuse and Resistance Education program had roots dating back to 1983 when it was launched in Los Angeles by the police department. It is now thriving in over 40 countries around the world. This K-12 curriculum led by local police departments has been a huge hit in Crown Point at the elementary level as core program for all 5th grade students. Sgt. Dave Benson leads the charge locally for the community as the bond between school and community grows stronger every year. Sgt. Benson visits schools regularly to engage in meaningful lessons, discussions, and even shares lunch and recess with the fifth graders each year. Timothy Ball students enjoy the close relationship that is fostered with police officers through this program as well as the Crown Point High School student role models who are past graduates of Timothy Ball.
All fifth grade students made a pledge to remain drug free, follow a prescribed decision making process, and commit to a healthy lifestyle. In addition, all students wrote an essay discussing the importance of taking a safe path in life that is drug free citing evidence based research on the detrimental effects of drug use. The D.A.R.E. program is an essential piece of the school-wide effort to have all students become Fit For Life through academic, physical, and social fitness.