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Anti-Drinking and Driving

If you are looking for a very effective anti-drinking and driving speaker, contact Dorothy (Hughes) LaPlante. Dorothy lost her daughter, Betsie Hughes, and her friend Sean Wellington on January 2, 1999 to a multiple offender drunk driver. The Middlesex Partnership for Youth in partnership with the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney created a program in their honor titled: Sean and Betsie: A Story of Friendship and Loss High School Peer Leadership Training. This program empowers the students of schools to put on assemblies to educate their classmates about the dangers of drinking and driving. The students plan and run the event and at the end of a DVD presentation Dorothy speaks about that fateful night and the events following. This presentation was offered as part of the March 2007 In-service Training and it touched a lot of the officers in attendance.

Please contact Dorothy (Hughes) LaPlante directly at, by phone at (802) 885-4134, by mail at 10 Will Dean Road #6, Springfield, VT 05156 , or visit


Rachel's Challenge: A Story of Inspiration, Courage & Kindness

Rachel Scott was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing school programs in America - Rachel's Challenge.

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