LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Hundreds of middle school children learned important life lessons on Tuesday in Lake Charles.
Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier sponsored the Drug-Free Youth Conference, held at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Some 500 kids from across the parish took part in the program.
Workshops at the event were fun, but educational.
The demonstrations included the dangers of driving while intoxicated, using the so-called "fatal vision" golf cart.
The children got the chance to see just how easy it is for impaired drivers to be involved in potentially deadly crashes.
"One of the big concerns, of course, we have is these children are now in the formative years of growing up and learning to explore what the older kids do. We try to send the message that drugs is not one of those options. Particularly with the advent of synthetic drugs, we try to educate our children throughout the year that belong to this organization and sign up for it," DeRosier said.
Positive reinforcement was also part of the program.
The nation's top motivational speakers and success trainers took part, encouraging the children and teaching them how to be role models for younger children.