D.A.R.E – Drug Abuse Resistance Education
Hanson takes great pride in the fact that it remains one of the few communities in Massachusetts that instructs students in all grades on a fulltime basis. The D.A.R.E. curriculum is a portion of this daily instruction for grades K – 8. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The DARE/Student Safety Officer William Frazier is the educational liaison to the Whitman/Hanson Regional School District and is assigned as the full time D.A.R.E. / Student Safety Officer on a full-time basis. Officer Frazier offers instruction to students on a daily basis throughout the school year.
The D.A.R.E./Student Safety program in Hanson’s four schools begins at the kindergarten level and continues through the high school. In addition to the D.A.R.E. curriculum, we address a myriad of topics such as Stranger Danger, Train Safety, Bicycle Safety, Pedestrian Safety, Seat Belt Use, Bullying, Gangs, Student Self-esteem, Dating and Domestic Violence.
Officer Frazier has also undertaken instruction for students regarding internet safety, instant messaging dangers and identity theft. Officer Frazier, along with Sergeant Peter Calogero, also participates in Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz’s Summer Day Program. This is a one week annual endeavor which generally occurs during the last week in July and the first week in August for students entering the sixth grade. Many communities in Plymouth County participate in this program. The Town of Hanson will be hosting the the camp this year at the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. The campers learn about the effects and consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs from police officers and peer leaders. The camp reinforces important lessons on good decision making, positive self esteem and team work in a setting designed for a full day of fun. Officer Frazier can be reached by phone at 781-293-4625 extension 252 or by email here.