NATIONAL D.A.R.E. DAY, 2001
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Today, we recognize Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), the
largest and most widely known substance abuse prevention and anti-violence
curriculum in America. For over 18 years, D.A.R.E. has brought specially
trained community police officers into America's classrooms to teach children
how to resist destructive peer pressure and to live productive drug- and
violence-free lives. Every day, millions of children across the United States
participate in the instruction given in the D.A.R.E. drug prevention curriculum.
Parents, teachers, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and fellow
students have an important role to play in keeping our children away from illegal
drugs. Research has shown that ongoing reinforcement of drug prevention skills
at home and at school play a critical role in decreasing the likelihood of drug use
by our youth. This year, D.A.R.E. has pledged to reach out to thousands of
parents with a new parent-specific curriculum to help them talk with their kids
Today, we recognize D.A.R.E. as a useful partnership between the research
community, educators, law enforcement, parents, and students, and we
commend D.A.R.E. officers for their dedicated efforts to help educate the
children of America about the importance of remaining drug- and violence-free.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 12, 2001, as National
D.A.R.E. Day. I call upon our youth, parents, educators, and all people of the
United States to observe this day with appropriate activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of
April, in the year of our Lord two thousand one, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-fifth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
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