WEST MONROE, La. (CBS Houston/AP) – According to “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson, her family’s hit A&E show has helped bring Americans of all ages back to Christianity.

Sadie Robertson, who is 16, also said that the show’s religious influences have inspired younger people throughout the United States to form what she referred to as “Duck Dynasty Clubs,” the purpose of them being to encourage students to gather and pray before lunch.

“For a TV show to bring prayer into schools, that’s awesome,” she was quoted as saying by the Montgomery Advertiser.

She made the comments after a fundraiser held this past Sunday at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.

Representatives from the Center were thrilled with both her appearance and her religious message. The event raised money for the Prattville Christian Academy, the Advertiser learned.

“She’s such a great role model for people through her faith, and I hope she inspired a lot of young people,” organizer Tiffani Thompson told the paper.

While Sadie Robertson did not address the scandal that plagued her family late last year and declined to answer questions on the matter, other family members have addressed it during recent interviews.

In one of his first chances to comment on the dust-up surrounding his outspoken father and co-star Phil Robertson, the younger Willie Robertson had only kind words for the A&E network and New Year’s wishes for the nation in an appearance on Fox News’s “All-American New Year” special.

“We’re just glad to be back to work, and A&E and us are fine,” Willie Robertson said in a live appearance with wife Korie from Steamboat Springs, Colo.

“We’re looking forward to getting back to making some funny shows. It’s a New Year so we’re ready to break in a New Year and start it all over again,” Robertson later added. “We’re ready to move on, you know. I think we all learned a lot and we’re just ready to move on, and the family’s happy, and we’re ready to go. I’ve got to make sure my guys are back there building duck calls.”

Asked her thoughts on the suspension by Hasselbeck, Korie Robertson took the same conciliatory tone.

“Hey, I’m just glad the family’s all together, the best thing about the show is we get to do it as a family,” she said. “We’re all happy, happy, happy.”

The cable channel reinstated Phil Robertson  nine days after suspending him over the anti-gay comments made to GQ magazine. The suspension sparked brought out legions of defenders who felt he was being censored by the network.

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