Houston ISD announced Monday that the district is bringing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to select campuses, including five in or near the area.
HISD said there will be eight campuses where D.A.R.E. classes will be offered beginning with the Spring 2021 semester. Among them are Booker T. Washington High School and Burrus Elementary in Independence Heights, Highland Heights Elementary and Williams Middle School in Acres Homes and Frank Black Middle School in Oak Forest.
The partnership between State Rep. Jarvis Johnson of District 139, D.A.R.E. America, the HISD Police Department and Houston Police Department will train 42 officers – 35 from HISD and seven from HPD – to give them tools for helping students “address bullying and make good decisions for safe and healthy living,” according to HISD.
“The program will also create an opportunity for police officers and children alike to build positive relationships with each other and the community,” the district said in a news release.
The program also will be offered at Kennedy, Osborne and Wesley elementary schools.