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.

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...

Announcing Minnesota D.A.R.E. 2021 Winning Posters

Announcing Minnesota D.A.R.E. 2021 Winning Posters

Minnesota D.A.R.E.'s Kathi Ackerman is happy to announce the 2021 Minnesota D.A.R.E. Winning Posters. Kathi said, "Throwing out the opening pitch at the Minnesota Twins/D.A.R.E. game on September 26th will be Lucy from Chatfield Elementary. Her DARE Officer is Kevin...

Students Receive Awards from D.A.R.E.

Students Receive Awards from D.A.R.E.

Sixth grade essay and participation award winners pictured with Deputy Phillip Ryan are Beckett Nelson, Alaina Wolff, London LaFortune, Mason Mergen, Madelyn Krempges, and Nixie May-Duncan…

KARE Donation to Women In Distress

KARE Donation to Women In Distress

"Thanks to you, Sarah* and her 6-year old son, Grant*, will be provided with the essential items necessary to move forward and rebuild their lives. Thank you for your contribution of 1400 Hygiene Kits. For more than 46 years, generous supporters like you have helped...

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