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The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards were first adopted by the State Board of Education in 1996. The standards are not curriculum, which is decided at the local level. Rather, the standards describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public school education. The standards are also designed to help teachers prepare our students to be college and career-ready. Continue reading….

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D.A.R.E. New Jersey Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 3 (December 2017)

Posted on Dec 6th, 2017

N.J. D.A.R.E. Continues to Grow! New Officers Trained And Ready To Teach D.A.R.E. During September of 2017 the D.A.R.E. /Advocacy for Drug Education in New Jersey coordinated and implemented a basic two-week D.O.T class in Bridgewater, N.J. With the committed support of D.A.R.E. America, the training cadre consisted of a highly skilled facilitator, two veteran educators, and four mentors. These individuals were selected from training centers located in Canada, Connecticut, New Jersey…

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Coffee with a Cop, a Project of New Jersey YAB Member Julia Manning

Posted on Nov 24th, 2017

Julia Manning, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from New Jersey, completed another part of her project: Coffee with a Cop!! It was held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon at a local Starbucks in Park Ridge. It was a big hit this year, so many people showed up! Here are some…

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Educators Happy to See D.A.R.E. Program in Schools

Posted on Oct 9th, 2017

BRIDGEWATER - Children are not the only ones who learn important lessons in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. "You will change their life," said Frank Pegueros, president of D.A.R.E. America, who led a week-long training last month of 22 police officers from throughout the state at the Somerville Elks. "They will change your life." The DARE program, started in the 1980s to bring an anti-drug message into schools, was a victim of tight budgets when the recession…

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D.A.R.E. Program Reinstated

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2017

Photo (click to view the full image): Members of the Washington Township Public School District, administration and police department recognized the implementation of the D.A.R.E. program on Friday, Sept. 15, at Bells Elementary School. From left are Bells School Principal Ginny Grier, Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik, Director of Elementary Education Gretchen Gerber, Business Administrator Jason Gonter, Councilwoman Angela Donato, Lt. Kenneth Kennedy, Ofc. Joe Rowson, Superintendent Joseph…

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Fundraiser Launched for Family of Summit Police Officer Killed in I-78 crash

Posted on Jun 1st, 2017

SOMERVILLE - The communities of Summit and Somerville are grieving the loss of borough resident Matthew Tarentino, a Summit police officer, who was killed on his way to work early Tuesday morning on Route 78, By 4 p.m. Wednesday, more than $140,000 had been donated by more than 1,100 people for Tarentino's wife, Vickie, and their two children. Vickie Tarentino, who serves as director of marketing at Immaculata High School, is pregnant with the couple's third child. A Mass of Christian…

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800 New Brunswick Students Say “No” to Drugs and Alcohol, Yes To D.A.R.E.

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Another class of New Brunswick students have successfully completed the City’s D.A.R.E. program, pledging to live their lives free of the negative influences of drugs and alcohol. D.A.R.E. (Drugs Abuse Resistance Education), a national program that engages elementary-age students in learning how to say no to drugs, alcohol and harmful behavior, has been a staple in the City since 1991. Thousands of students have successfully completed this important program, which promotes positive life…

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Lakehurst Fifth Graders Graduate From D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Nick Santonastasso speaks to Lakehurst Elementary 5th graders before they graduate from the D.A.R.E. program. (Photo by Sara Grillo). LAKEHURST – Two 5th grade classes at Lakehurst Elementary School graduated from the D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education program on a sunny afternoon. Before they received their certificates of completion, they were treated to an assembly led by Nick Santonastasso, an inspiring Central Regional alum who became a wrestler and fitness model – even…

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D.A.R.E. Program Staging Comeback

Posted on May 29th, 2017

Bergenfield Police Officer Kyle Witty, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, Branchburg Policer Officer Kate Proscia, Warren Township Police Officer Joe Grasso and Summit Police Officer Matthew Tarantino realize the value of the D.A.R.E. program in the war against drugs. (Photo by Mike Deak). BRIDGEWATER - The opioid epidemic in New Jersey and the rest of the country has prompted police officers to consider new strategies to fight the war against drugs. Police are also returning…

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Summit Police Department Recognized by New Jersey Attorney General for Outstanding Efforts in Community Policing

Posted on May 26th, 2017

Summit Police Department Robert K. Weck, Chief of Police Steven Zagorski, Captain / Media Relations Officer 512 Springfield Avenue Summit, New Jersey 07901 908-273-0051 The Department’s D.A.R.E. Program was one of the community outreach initiatives highlighted during an awards ceremony, video presentation and panel forum held at Rutgers University. From left to right in the photo at the beginning of the video below: Chief of Police Robert Weck, Sergeant Charlie Daly, Acting Union…

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A Rejuvenated D.A.R.E. Can Combat Opioid Epidemic, Cops Say

Posted on May 1st, 2017

By Dave Hutchinson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. Right: Statewide members of the New Jersey D.A.R.E. Officers Association met on Monday at the Ocean County Police Academy. In the wake of the growing heroin and opioid epidemic, New Jersey's Drug Abuse Resistance Education - also known as D.A.R.E. - program is regaining its footing after years of neglect because of the lack of funding. On Monday, statewide members of the New Jersey D.A.R.E. Officers Association met at the Ocean County…

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