D.A.R.E stands for 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.
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
The D.A.R.E. program has been taught by Officer Terry Bowden
of the Winter Haven Police Department since 1994. Over 9100
students have successfully completed the D.A.R.E. program
since its inception. This program has tremendously impacted
2013 D.A.R.E. Graduation Photos
Additionally, D.A.R.E. Officer Terry Bowden 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
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