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Blind Brook Hosts 'Family University'

RYE BROOK, N.Y. – The Blind Brook Community Coalition hosted an evening dedicated to education, health and fun for parents, students and community members called "Family University." The nationally syndicated event is intended to strengthen familial and community bonds through a series of interactive and diverse workshops.

Coalition co-chair Maria Mediate said the event aligned perfectly with the coalition's mission to promote healthy and safe lifestyles.

"It's one of the goals of the committee to keep kids safe and this is an educational program for students, parents and members of the community that really focuses on well-being," Mediate said.

The evening, which was divided into two segments, offered participants 20 workshops to choose from and featured topics geared towards both students and parents. Workshop topics ranged from healthy eating habits, to leadership, to self defense.

In between workshop sessions, parents and students shared a meal and listened to public speaker Shaun Derik's presentation entitled “Dreams and Detours.”

According to the coalition’s co-chair and Family University subcommittee facilitator Angela Marciano, the group determined the workshop topics by polling potential participants.

"We tried to get feedback from both the parents and the students," Marciano said.

Marciano added that Derik, who has developed a following through prior engagements with the school, was specifically requested by both students and parents.

Although Derik may have headlined the group of guest speakers, Mediate was quick to compliment the local organizations that donated resources to the event.

"Everyone has worked on this," Mediate said. "The community and the greater community have really come out and it's great that so many people have shown an interest. It's really been amazing."

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