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Emily Fafard '20 brings District Attorney program to hometown

Emily Fafard '20 brings District Attorney program to hometown

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Emily Fafard ’20 wanted to make a difference in the region where she grew up.

Little did she know she would be making a difference at a place that helped shape her into the person she is today.

As part of the Hampden County District Attorney’s Student Advisory Board, Emily was part of a four-person group that gave a one-hour presentation regarding identifying online dangers to second and third graders at Chapin Street School in Ludlow Jan. 6.

Emily, a lifelong resident of Hampden County, attended Chapin Street School. She is one of four WMA students on the student advisory board, which also includes Shane Appiah ’21, Norah Omar ’21 and Jack Perenick ’21. The group addresses topics such as racism and stereotyping in schools, gun violence in schools, students having a lack of interest in school, and unhealthy relationships.

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Emily on why she wanted to join the Hampden County District Attorney’s Student Advisory Board: “I wanted to make a positive difference in the Hampden County community as part of the advisory board. We represent Wilbraham & Monson Academy. We talk about issues that face the youth population in Hampden County. I think it’s important we hear the youths’ opinion on certain issues because we are the future and we need all the resources and all the help we can get. I wanted to be part of that positive change.”

Emily on the purpose of the student advisory board: “We give the District Attorney’s Office an outlet to the youth population in Hampden County. The office is busy with prosecuting cases; they want to do community outreach and focus on the problems that are facing the youth. They get kids from all the towns in Hampden County from different socioeconomic backgrounds and we share things youths are facing right now. We then put together presentations to find solutions to these problems.”

Emily regarding her presentation concerning online dangers: “We want to make sure they know how to act online, and they recognize strangers and bad situations online, and how to ask for help or find a way to remove themselves from the situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or could hurt them in any way.”

Emily regarding giving a presentation at her former school: “It was nice to be back. It was really nostalgic. I remember sitting in that cafeteria during assemblies. Being able to give back to those kids who I’ve shared teachers with shared classrooms with was a great experience. I actually got to meet my third grade teacher. It was great to catch up and make a positive difference at a place that helped shape me into who I am.”