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Westport alumni gather for picnic in the park

WESTPORT - Sixteen former students of Westport Central School gathered at Lee Park in Westport Aug. 7 for a chance to meet with friends and maintain connections with old classmates.

"Our alumni are such an incredible, vital resource to our school district and to our community," said Westport Central School Principal Michelle Friedman. "I am thrilled that the Westport alumni are creating opportunities to continue their connection with each other, the school, and the outstanding community of Westport."

There were graduates present from 2009, 1956, and every decade in between, all of whom brought a friendly smile and a dish to share.

"Linking generations of Westport Central School attendees in a cohesive alumni group serves multiple purposes," said Melissa Murray, one organizer of the picnic. Among those are keeping current records of alumni contact information so that more classmates can be reached for future events like class reunions.

Murray has set up an e-mail address to help alumni be a part of a wide-reaching social network: WCSalumni@gmail.com "As the network grows, so too does the ability to share information about the school district and the community," she added.

Elizabeth Lee, another organizer of the event said she hopes the alumni get-togethers will help instill a sense of place and heritage to encourage young families to move back into the region after college.

"I think there are a lot of people that want to come back and haven't figured out how to make it work yet," she said.

"Many of our alumni who were in attendance at the 75th Anniversary Celebration this past November expressed their desire to continue to find opportunities to connect and network with former students," Freeman added. "I am certain that this event will be a huge success and the first of many more to come."

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