L.E.A.D.Description of ProgramsGrades 5 & 7Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) is a collaborative effort by LEAD certified law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents, and community to offer an educational program in the classroom to prevent or reduce drug abuse and violence among children and youth.The emphasis of the program in fifth grade is to help students recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, or other drugs or to engage in violence. The LEAD program offers preventive strategies to enhance protective factors – especially bonding to the family, school, and community – which has been proven to help foster the development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse or other problem behaviors. It also helps to build the capacity of young people in making healthy, independent growth in spite of adverse conditions. These strategies focus on the development of social competence, communication skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision-making, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and independence, and positive alternative activities to drug abuse and other destructive behaviors.In Evesham Township, the 5th grade program content for LEAD is organized into twelve 45- to 60-minute lessons taught by an Evesham law enforcement officer. A specially trained officer is assigned to the school one day a week for half of the school year to conduct weekly lessons. Student participation in the LEAD program is incorporated as part of the school’s curricular offering in health, science, social studies, language arts, or other subjects as appropriate.The middle school LEAD program is provided to all seventh graders. This program builds on the strategies taught in the elementary program and focuses on peer-pressure, refusal, understanding addiction, and examining the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body and development of the adolescent brain. By highlighting the methods of communication, the program also helps kids understand the risks of drugs, teaches them to make good decisions and resist the temptation to use drugs.In Evesham, the seventh grade program is taught in quint cycles during health class for a condensed seven week schedule throughout the school year.The LEAD curriculum has proven effective in reducing adolescent alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use in students by preparing students to act decisively in refusing offers to use drugs, and helping students to recognize the risks and avoid drug-related situations. It also focuses on building strong decision-making, communication, planning and assertive refusal skills. At the core of the program is empowering youth to value their own perceptions and feelings and make choices that support drug-free values.The LEAD programs – offered in concert with other school-based prevention activities and intervention strategies for the identification, early intervention, and aftercare support of students at risk for substance abuse – may be viewed as a comprehensive substance abuse program that meets the goals of the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.For more information on LEAD, click here http://www.leadrugs.org.
Last Modified on February 27, 2018