On July 23, 2021, Deputy Bennett Van Horn, from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, was presented with the Joanne Chauncey Educational Award during the the 85th D.A.R.E. Officer Training culmination ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The selection of Deputy Van Horn was a unanimous decision of the entire DARE officer training staff.

The Joanne Chauncey Educational Award was established by the Florida DARE training staff in memory of the first educational advisor assigned to Florida D.A.R.E. Joanne Chauncey was inspirational in assisting with curriculum development and the implementation of training used by law enforcement officers, with a focus on helping them to understand the different learning modalities present in a classroom setting. Joanne Chauncey, through training, also emphasized the importance of classroom management by teaching officers about brain-based learning through elementary curriculum and lesson preparation. Shortly after retiring from education, Joanne Chauncey passed away. Her dedication to educating children and preparing officers for the classroom is memorialized by the Florida D.A.R.E. training staff with the implementation of the Joanne Chauncey Educational Excellence Award.

Deputy Van Horn demonstrated his teaching abilities through prepared lesson presentation. Deputy Van Horn reinforced his leadership strengths both to his own team and to all D.A.R.E. officers in attendance by adapting to new unprepared curriculum and soliciting feedback from students all while maintaining a structured classroom environment. It was an honor for the Florida D.A.R.E. training staff to present Deputy Van Horn with the Joanne Chauncey Award for Educational Excellence. With continued preparation and increased classroom experience, Deputy Van Horn will undoubtedly be an asset to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program.

30 Years of Dedication and Service to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program of Ohio & D.A.R.E. America

30 Years of Dedication and Service to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program of Ohio & D.A.R.E. America

On Wednesday evening, June 15, 2022, Lloyd Bratz & Rafael Morales of D.A.R.E. America were on hand for the state of Ohio’s D.A.R.E. Awards Banquet which was held at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio. At the banquet Officer Donald A. Wilson of the Springboro Police Department and Officer Ralph E. Tanner Jr. of the East Lake Police Department were recognized and presented with an award for the 30 Years of Dedication and Service to the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program of Ohio & D.A.R.E. America.

Minnesota D.A.R.E. Statewide Poster Contest Winners

Minnesota D.A.R.E. Statewide Poster Contest Winners

St. Bonifacius, MN – A Dover-Eyota Middle School student was selected as the winner of the 2022 Minnesota D.A.R.E. poster contest. Andrea R. is a student participating in the D.A.R.E. program under the direction of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. Olmsted County…

D.A.R.E. Essay Winner Board installed in Village of Palmetto Bay

D.A.R.E. Essay Winner Board installed in Village of Palmetto Bay

A D.A.R.E. essay winner board was installed this year in the Village of Palmetto Bay. The project was the brainchild of Officer Peter Judge and was executed by Officers Judge, Kevin Collins, and Mercy Rodriguez. The three schools that participated in the installation...

KARE Donation to Shriners Children’s Florida

KARE Donation to Shriners Children’s Florida

Dear D.A.R.E. America Inc, Thank you for your contribution of toys to Shriners Hospitals for Children®, for its Florida location* received on 12/22/2021. Your concern for the many children we serve is appreciated. Your generosity plays a meaningful role in fulfilling…

KARE Donation to United Against Poverty Orlando

KARE Donation to United Against Poverty Orlando

We wanted to take a moment to thank you deeply for being a part of our Hope for the Holiday's toy event this year. 400 children were served, thanks to your amazing generosity. The holiday season can add stress to anyone, but it can be particularly challenging for...

Florida D.A.R.E. Holds 85th Graduation

Florida D.A.R.E. Holds 85th Graduation

The Florida Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program graduated 27 sworn officers from 12 law enforcement agencies last week. FDLE is the state coordinator for D.A.R.E. and members Inspector David Bullard and Research and Training Specialist Lee Herring run...

Haughton Elementary Student Wins Parish-Wide D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

Haughton Elementary Student Wins Parish-Wide D.A.R.E. Essay Contest

A 5th grader from Haughton Elementary School bested some 2,000 other students who graduated from the D.A.R.E. program here in Bossier Parish to have her essay be named, “D.A.R.E. Essay of the Year.” Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington presented Saylor White with...

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