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Workshops Bring Port Chester Families Together

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — At an event dubbed the "Family University," parents and children took part in workshops on yoga, the college transition, drug and alcohol awareness and more at Port Chester Middle School on Tuesday.

The Port Chester Cares Community Coalition teamed with other community organizations to offer the workshops for students in grades 5 to 12 and their families.

"As a parent, it's helpful for me to come to something like this," Port Chester mother Joan Grangengois-Thomas said. "It's an opportunity to find new information and a great opportunity to bring family and community together." She said the event raised awareness on many issues facing the community.

The evening was broken up into two sessions and offered three categories of workshops. Some workshops, such as "Sticks n' Stones of Facebook" and "College Transitioning," were available only to students. Others, such as "Protecting your Family on the Internet" and "Substance Abuse Trends," were geared toward parents. The event also offered programs that students and parents could attend together.

More than 350 people attended the event, now in its second year, said coordinator Jennifer Myers from Port Chester Cares Community Coalition. A central part of the event is sharing a meal between the sessions.

"Research shows that eating dinner together helps children to get better grades and avoid substance abuse," Myers said. "Hopefully coming together tonight as a community will show people the importance of sharing meals with the family. We're all in this together."

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