Families Connect at Parent University

Families Connect at Parent University photo

It was a family connect night at this fall’s Parent University hosted by the district at High School East on Oct. 17.

Parents, along with their children, had the option to attend one of three different workshops in the evening: Mindfulness for Families, Drug/Vaping Awareness and Prevention or School Safety and Security. 

In the lobby entrance, health-based clubs and organizations, such as Students Against Vaping and E-Cigarettes and the Future Community and Career Leaders of America clubs, handed out literature and healthy snacks to attendees.

The School Safety and Security workshop addressed safety and procedures within the district’s buildings as well policies of the local police department. Accompsett Middle School Principal Paul McNeil presented information to parents in attendance as did the district’s head of security and local law enforcement officials. 

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence spoke to both parents and students on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes, drug and alcohol awareness and addiction as well as consequences for using on school grounds. The presentation also offered advice for parents on keeping their children safe and resources offered by the council.

The mindfulness workshop, presented by Kim Embry, gave families the opportunity to learn techniques together, such as breathing, movement and meditation.