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Character Education Lesson Plans, Character Building, Lifeskills DevelopmentThe "FreeWay" curriculum is a proven-effective K-12 public school-based character education and lifeskills program, originally developed by DATE (Drug Alcohol Tobacco Education, Inc.) in 1975. It was completely revised and updated in 1996 and 2008 and has been field-tested in more than 350 of Missouri’s 525 public school districts. FreeWay prevention specialists have taught face-to-face in individual classrooms (no assembly programs) over 1.675 million K-12 students . . . an average of 170 pupils each day of the year for 27 years!

The FreeWay curriculum features character education and teaches eight basic lifeskills . . . the method proven to be effective in drug prevention. FreeWay curriculum identifies 8 major lifeskills: values, self-esteem, coping, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, decision making and natural highs. It includes 4 complete units of study with 4 lesson plans per unit (16 classroom sessions total). The curriculum focuses on five grade levels: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Interactive in style, it contains more than 100 fun and engaging activities and games designed to teach students the FreeWay lifeskills.

drug prevention education for grades K-12The curriculum is user-friendly. It requires little preparation time by the teacher. All lesson plans and activities are reproducible for student use. By helping to equip students with necessary lifeskills, the FreeWay curriculum complements and reinforces all other disciplines taught in the school.

It is flexible enough to meet each individual school’s needs for drug and violence prevention. It is also pre-qualified for federal and state grant proposals, meeting all the necessary "Safe and Drug-free School" guidelines and requirements.

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The FreeWay curriculum has been proven to be "highly effective" in reducing drug use among public school students. More than 1,000 students were tracked in a scientific study conducted by a college in St. Louis in 1999. This survey showed that only 14% of the students who received FreeWay instruction had used alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs during the following year. In the other "control" group of students who did not receive FreeWay instruction, 33% of the students had used alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs in the preceding year. That’s a 19% difference! Click here to read more.

Freeway Character Education & Drug Prevention Curriculum for children and youth, grades K-12 is available and priced as follows:
  • Grades K-1: $30.00 ea.
  • Grades 2-3: $30.00 ea.
  • Grades 4-6: $30.00 ea.
  • Grades 7-9: $30.00 ea.
  • Grades 10-12: $30.00 ea.
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