The Madison D.A.R.E program is comprised of several dedicated police officers who are trained through an intensive program. After their training they go into the 5th grade classes at the public schools as well as St. Vincent's, to begin teaching the program. Once a week from fall through spring Sgt. John Miscia, Ptl. Lisa Esposito, Det. Ed Mitchko, Sgt. James Cavezza, Ptl. Chad Rybka, and Sgt. Joseph Longo attend the schools and meet with the students, teaching a curriculum approved by DARE.
D.A.R.E stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a drug abuse prevention program designed to equip students with knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of abuse, and the skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
The DARE program is taught in all 50 states and in 75% of the nations school districts, creating a positive atmosphere for students to interact with uniformed police officers. This unique program uses uniformed police officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting.
DARE lessons focus on four major areas:
Providing accurate information about drugs alcohol and tobacco
Teaching students good decision-making skills
Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure
Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drugs.
Through a cooperative effort by the police, schools, parents and the community working together, the Madison DARE program is helping our children make the right choices concerning drug use.
At the conclusion of the Madison DARE program the students are presented with a certificate and T-Shirt after completing the years work, and writing an essay on the importance for them to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free. The Madison PBA also sponsors a graduation trip for the DARE students, paying for an event as well as transportation to events such as Nets Basketball, Arena Football or Newark Bears Baseball.
Any questions about the DARE program, contact Corporal Lisa Esposito via email at EspositoL@rosenet.org or at 973-593-3012.