Lafayette students celebrate first D.A.R.E. graduation in two decades (From The Acadiana Advocate)

The D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony is held Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy in Lafayette, La. (STAFF PHOTO BY LESLIE WESTBROOK, from The Acadiana Advocate

Nearly 100 Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy students celebrated what they learned in the parish’s first D.A.R.E. class in two decades.

During the 10-week program, the sixth-grade students learned how to be safe, healthy and responsible, skills they can use to avoid drug and alcohol abuse or stop bullying among their classmates.

“If we can change the life of one person, then the program worked,” said Lafayette City Marshal Reggie Thomas. “We’re sitting here with over 90 kids today who are graduating from the D.A.R.E. program.”

Thomas and his office spearheaded the program with Deputy Marshal Tyrone Alexander leading the classes at the school and interacting with the students…

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