B.A.D.D. Students Make Visits to Local Elementary and Middle Schools
Students of the B.A.D.D. (Bears Against Destructive Decisions) recently visited elementary and middle school students throughout the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Club members went to Catholic schools including St. Aloysius, St. Jude, St. Thomas More and Our Lady of Mercy. The B.A.D.D. members served on panels in front of the elementary and middle school students, answered questions, and spoke on topics regarding drugs, alcohol, and other destructive behaviors.
Captain Randy Aguillard, supervisor of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program, facilitated the discussion and utilized the high school students as part of the “role model” lesson of the program. President of B.A.D.D., senior Joshua Campesi, weighed in on his perspective of the visits. “I think our middle school visits are integral to spreading a culture of good decision making because they give young and impressionable minds multiple examples of role models to look up to and work towards their years ahead as high school students,” said Campesi. Juniors and seniors volunteer their time to participate in these successful visits each year, and the elementary and middle schools look forward to incorporate the program into their campuses year after year.