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 (Rick Nawazelski 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 Nawazelski offers instruction to students on a daily basis throughout the school year. Officer Nawazelski also works closely with the School Resource Officer, with Peter F. Calogero on issues of student safety and school security.
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 Nawazelski has also undertaken instruction for students regarding internet safety, instant messaging dangers and identity theft. Officer Nawazelski also participates in Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz’s Summer Day Program. This is a two 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, which Officer Nawazelski helped pioneer in 1994. The Town of Hanson will be hosting the second week of the camp this year at the Hanson Middle 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 Nawazelski can be reached by phone at 781-293-4625 extension 252 or by email here.