The Holly Festival is a fundraising craft show that supports Lee’s Summit’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. The program deals with not only the dangers of drugs, but also teaches our children safety skills, how to recognize situations that could pose potential danger, and how to avoid peer pressure temptations. The program also shows students how to resolve a conflicting situation without resorting to violence. Currently the DARE program is taught in the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th grades in the Lee’s Summit School District.
The Holly Festival began in 1994 and has raised over $225,000 for the DARE program. These funds are used to purchase materials used by the DARE officers in the education of our children. The money is raised through booth rental fees (over 100 craft booths), concession stand and bake shop sales, door prize ticket sales and a gift basket auction.