Nov 19, 2009 7:43 PM by Sarah Rosario

St. Martin JDC Raising The Bar

The saying it takes a village to raise a child holds true in St. Martin Parish. Their state of the Juvenile detention center is raising the bar for students.

Administrators hosted a summit Thursday to educate everyone about the state of the juvenile justice system and plan to make it better.

In attendance were district judges, the sheriff, state representative and much more. The community leaders came out to get a first hand look at what's being done to keep kids in line in St. Martin Parish.

Educator Mike Fuselier said, "We have a state of the art educational program here. We have one of the highest GED graduates in our own parish with a per capita that is way lower than any other school. Fuselier said what sets St. Martins program a part is that their teacher really care about their students. "We have top notch discipline which allows these students to learn for the first time, "He said.

The center is primarily funded by grants, but they also receive help from the St. Martin parish school board. The detention center is much like school, with seven classes and plenty of P-E- time. It's a program educators say is changing lives in St. Martin. Sheriff Ronny Theriot said, "These children when they leave here are a lot better off." And District Judge John Conrey agrees. He said, "It's all about coming together and working towards the same goal to try to get the children to try to understand their responsibilities as citizens of this country.

The city officials we talked to said they were impressed with the detention center. Their main goal is to make sure the students succeed.

Sarah Rosario



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