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Youth Services


Drug Abuse Resistance Education

It 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.

2017 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

M.E. Holly (Brigham Academy)
Jessie Lester (Elbert Elementary)
Maleha AKter (Garner Elementary)
Destiny Houston (Jewett School of the Arts)
Wajiha Islam (Inwood Elementary)
Blake Maurath (St. Joseph’s School)
Jadin Denton (Winter Haven Christian)
Connor Winchester (Grace Lutheran)
Isabella Benitez (Chain of Lakes Elementary)
Cason Richard (Cypress Junction Montessori

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 will power kids need in order to resist drugs.
  • The D.A.R.E. program was taught by Officer Terry Bowden of the Winter Haven Police Department¬†from 1994 until his retirement in 2016, when Officer Kris Bhoj took the reins.
  • Over 9100 students have successfully completed the D.A.R.E. program since its inception. This program has tremendously impacted our community.
  • D.A.R.E. Officer Kris Bhoj 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.