L.E.A.D. the Way

Learning Effective and Assertive Decision-Making
LEAD the Way Cover ArtIn 2013, the Huntley Police Department created and implemented L.E.A.D. the Way, a 5th grade drug awareness and life skills program for Leggee Elementary School.

Program Description
L.E.A.D. stands for Learning Effective and Assertive Decision-Making.   The goal of L.E.A.D. the Way is to educate the 5th grade students on positive decision-making skills while learning about the dangers and difficult situations middle school students encounter. The program focuses on the importance of having self confidence, being assertive, and making choices that keep all students safe. The information presented in L.E.A.D. the Way is designed to engage the students in classroom discussion, individual reflection, and participate in group activities and games. L.E.A.D. the Way is an 8 week program taught by a School Resource Officer, who meets with the 5th grade classes each week to instruct on a different topic. 

Curriculum
This 8 week program discusses, but is not limited to, tobacco, marijuana, alcohol & medication, bullying, peer pressure, and internet safety. These discussions help students understand and learn how to deal with bullying encounters, the dangerous effects of drugs, staying safe on the internet, and ways to get out of risky peer pressure situations. After successfully completing the program, students will have the proper tools and information needed to help prepare them for the pressures & issues pre-teens face today.