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New D.A.R.E. leaders in place for St. John

LAPLACE — Sgt. Danielle Falgoust and Cpl. Trystin Williams are the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office’s new Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officers.

Falgoust and Williams recently completed an intense two-week training program in Lafayette. Among 22 graduates of the class, both were honored as most outstanding members, leading the St. John Business Association to name them officers of the month.

D.A.R.E. is a school-based drug awareness and prevention effort that provides instruction to students on decision-making for healthy living.

The 10-week lessons, offered locally to fifth graders, address drugs, violence, bullying, Internet safety and other high-risk circumstances students may face in their lives.

“I am grateful to be able to teach the youth of St. John Parish, and hopefully, my voice will be in the back of their minds when a difficult situation arises saying, ‘be safe and be responsible,’” Williams said.

Falgoust said she enjoys being a D.A.R.E. officer because of a love of working with and educating children.

“I am here to help them to make positive decisions in their life,” she said.