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                                                                 April 10, 2001
 

                                 NATIONAL D.A.R.E. DAY, 2001
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                     BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
                                      A PROCLAMATION

                      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
                 about drugs.

                      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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