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Bridges event welcomes families to district

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It’s always challenging when you move to a new area or enter a school. That’s why the Poughkeepsie City School District created an event to help acclimate people to the district.

“This year, the district is excited to welcome more than 450 new families,” Executive Director of Community Schools Natasha Cherry said.

The second annual Bridges to Poughkeepsie is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the district Athletic Field across from Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus St. This event, for families with children in grades pre-K through 8, will connect attendees with the district’s family advocates and other resources available to them in the community.

“This is a pre-orientation event,” Cherry said. “Attendees will have the opportunity to meet district staff, learn about our community schools and the internal and community-based supports.”

There will be family bonding activities and information about attendance, school orientations, school bus schedules, upcoming job fairs and the Parent Empowerment Center will be provided.

Plus, there will be plenty of fun and food. Free school supplies, including backpacks, will be provided and there will be a free barbecue lunch and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project will be distributing vegetables.