Donation made to Gowanda DARE Program

GOWANDA – Gowanda Ford recently made a donation of $500 to the Gowanda Central School’s DARE Program.

The donation will help to cover the cost of the “Keepin’ it Real” program.

The DARE “Keepin’ It Real” elementary curriculum, taught by School Resource Officer Jen Alessi, is designed based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory.

This theory identifies fundamental basic skills and developmental processes needed for healthy development including: self-awareness and management, responsible decision making, understanding others, relationship and communication skills, handling responsibilities and challenges.

DARE uses this theory to teach youth to control their impulses and think about risks and consequences resulting in more responsible choices.

It helps children make responsible decisions and guides them to healthy choices not only about drugs but across all parts of their lives. As they grow to be responsible citizens, they will lead healthier and more productive drug-free lives.