Thank you Red Sox fans and Crossing all Bridges for supporting the D.A.R.E. program."
Daren the Lion joined Chief Jeff Kellner for the ceremonial first pitch.
Winner of the Red Sox Muskoka Chair raffle with our DARE Officer.
In an effort to further the message of the values of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program, the Board of Directors of DARE Brantford Inc. recently established a DARE Grant Program to be presented bi-yearly. Grants offered through the program are intended to encourage students to become more involved in the educational process and to promote the teaching of youth to make well-informed choices pertaining to the tempted use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs, as well as to recognize the dangers of bullying and other violence in their schools. Students from grades 9 to 12 in the City of Brantford are eligible to apply for one-time funding of a school-based project which reflects the principles of the DARE Program.
DARE Brantford Inc. is pleased to announce the first recipients of DARE Grants. The projects submitted by these students were chosen for their originality and interpretation of DARE's values. Leah Smith, from North Park Collegiate, was presented with a $500 grant for her project focusing on positive human connections. Jessica Hill-Porter, Megan Anderson and Presley Sibbick, students from Assumption College, also received a $500 grant for their project, "We All Belong – Inclusion for All".
"I congratulate these dedicated students for their initiative and creativity in reinforcing the DARE message. Their projects will make a positive difference in their schools." Susan Reid, President, DARE Brantford Inc.
The DARE Program
DARE equips young people with the necessary skills to make well-informed choices and to empower them to say no when they are tempted to use alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Another component of DARE helps students to recognize the dangers of violence in their schools and community. DARE is taught by two, specially-trained Brantford Police Service officers, in one-hour sessions, over 13 consecutive weeks.
Students are actively involved in a variety of oral and written exercises over that time and celebrate their successful completion of the program at a graduation ceremony where they receive certificates and a DARE T-shirt.
We invite you to explore our website to find out more about D.A.R.E., the success of our program in Brantford, and how you can help ensure the program continues.
The D.A.R.E. program in Brantford is funded through the generous support of the Brantford Police Services Board, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, local corporations, financial institutions, foundations, service clubs, teachers and parents. The program costs $160,000 a year to operate and is managed by a volunteer board of directors.
To provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug-and-violence-free lives. D.A.R.E. equips kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and instead, allow them to focus on their strengths and potential.