P.E.A.K. Program replaces D.A.R.E. in Henrico
Advertising, Alcohol, Alcohol & Your Brain, Bullying, Chemical Inhalants, Child Physical Abuse & Neglect, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Gangs, How students can prevent crime, Internet Safety, Marijuana, Peer Pressure, Prescription Drug Abuse, Responding to Peer Pressure with confidence, Team Building, Tobacco Dangers, and Stranger Danger (Kindergarten)
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P.E.A.K. is a homegrown program which was conceived in March 2008. PEAK was fully implemented in Henrico County Public Schools in September of 2010. The P.E.A.K. program places police officers in the elementary schools to teach students about drugs, peer pressure, making correct decisions, and other dangers facing school aged youth. Currently there are 18 core lessons which take 30 minutes to instruct. The PEAK Officers and teachers select the best lessons to instruct. Officers are afforded more flexibility in what they teach and can focus on the most appropriate lessons for each individual school. Each 5th grade class receive a minimum of 6 lessons during the school year. Kindergarten to 4th grade also receive lessons based on the teachers request.
During the 2008-2010 school years Officers Cable and deShazo conducted a two year pilot program. The two year pilot program was very well received by the schools that were involved. The success and positive feedback from officers, teachers, and school personnel led to the full implementation of the PEAK program in 2010. The confidence in our School Resource Officers to develop a new program and then replace the Internationally Accredited D.A.R.E. program for the 2010-2011 school year shows the level of confidence and trust we have placed in our School Resource Officers/Instructors. The P.E.A.K. program will continue to be developed as we evaluate, and modify the program to better educate our youth. The PEAK Officers are already hard at work developing a new lesson to address the growing trend in technology with Cyber Bullying and Social Networking.