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Community comes to Westport school for family and career night

Emily Rascoe, Megan Sudduth and Willa McKinley practice their poses for the camera booth at the Westport Central School Family and Career Night.

Emily Rascoe, Megan Sudduth and Willa McKinley practice their poses for the camera booth at the Westport Central School Family and Career Night. Photo by Katherine Clark.

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George Staats shows off the cake that he won during the Westport Central School Family and Career Night.

— Students, family, faculty and community were invited into Westport Central School May 10 for the second annual Family and Career Night.

The career portion of the evening included 13 businesses and 21 community agencies who set up tables in the school auditorium.

Businesses such as Bradamant Real Estate, the Depot Theater, King’s Inn Restaurant in Port Henry and the Bessboro Shop talked to community members and students to let them know what their work includes. Many had potential internship and summer job opportunities.

Angel Wuellner, Managing Director of the Depot Theater, said during the evening she told some of the students about the work the actors do and about different workshops and internships the theater offers for students and other interested parties.

Members of community agencies such as Stop Domestic Violence, D.A.R.E., the Prevention Team, Office of the Aging, Westport Library and One Work Source were also at the school to talk about the various services they provide to the community.

Renee Swinton of the Sexual Assault and Support Services office in Ticonderoga spoke with people about the services her agency provides.

“I talked with people today about the different levels of education we can provide for kids of different ages,” Swinton said. “I also talked about the services we can provide for victims of assault.”

For the younger members of the school community, a cake walk and face painting were held in the cafeteria of the school. Jim Carroll of Overtime Photography brought in a photo booth from his company and allowed the students to dress up and take photos together.

Students Emily Rascoe, Megan Sudduth and Willa McKinley dressed up, donning a viking helmet, purple velvet hat and a cheeseburger hat for their fun photo shoot in the Overtime booth.

“Everyone seems to like this,” Carroll said.

School Principal Michelle Friedman said the event began as a way to introduce students to different career options, have the community become familiar with various services and for everyone to come together and have fun.

“It’s an opportunity for everyone to come, have fun and see what’s out there in our community,” Friedman said.

The event was hosted in partnership with the Westport Chamber of Commerce.

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