Raleigh police, Wake schools partner to form LEADER program for 5th graders
Posted October 20, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown and Wake County schools Superintendent James Merrill will make official on Tuesday the creation of a new program that is replacing DARE in all 44 of Raleigh's elementary schools.
LEADER, short for Learning to Earn and Demonstrate Exemplary Respect, is a program designed to "address the many complex challenges young people face today – not just drugs and alcohol," Raleigh police said in a news release.
Deck-Brown and Merrill will discuss the formation of the program during a noon news conference.
LEADER was implemented in schools this year, and its goal is to foster a greater understanding of the positive role of law enforcement for all fifth-grade students.
The program addresses drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, peer pressure, family relationships, decision-making and goal setting, officials said.
"The idea of LEADER is you're teaching kids about making good choices in all situations," Brian Glendenning, senior administrator for healthy living with Wake County schools, said in a statement.
LEADER replaces DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), which has been offered in Wake County since the 1990s.