Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)


D.A.R.E. is a ten-week program taught to all fifth-grade students who attend school within the municipal boundaries of the City of Winter Haven. The D.A.R.E. program reaches children at the age where they are most receptive to drug prevention.

Program Overview

Project D.A.R.E. seeks to prevent adolescent drug use and reduce drug trafficking by eliminating the demand for drugs. D.A.R.E. provides students with the tools they need to build a better life and a brighter future.

  • The program teaches children to identify and resist social pressures to use drugs. D.A.R.E. instills a sense of self-confidence and the willpower kids need in order to resist drugs.
  • Over 10,000 students have successfully completed the D.A.R.E. program since its inception. This program has tremendously impacted our community.
  • The D.A.R.E. Officer visits kindergarten through fourth-grade classes, conducts faculty workshops, actively participates in community projects, and presents programs to Parent/Teacher organizations.
  • D.A.R.E was originally developed by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1983. Conceived on the premise that prevention is the only long-term answer to our drug problem, this innovative program is now being taught nationwide and in forty countries.

2023 Graduating Class

The 2023 D.A.R.E. Graduation was held to celebrate the accomplishments of all the fifth graders. There were 10 essay winners who received a gift card and a ribbon

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