A group of Port Chester High School students called on the village board this week to ban smoking at local parks. Armed with a PowerPoint presentation on local ordinances and a survey of their peers, they said smoking is keeping residents away from the parks and setting a bad example for young people.
Village trustees welcomed the presentation by Kyle Thomas, Andrecarol Davila, Maria Ayala and Joanna Cruz, members of the youth committee of the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition. The board referred the idea to the parks and recreation commission.
The coalition has been working since 2007 to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and promote health in the community. It spoke out against a local gas station’s use of an old ice-cream truck to sell cigarettes just across the Connecticut border, and helped educate students on the danger of texting while driving.
In March, it will sponsor another “Family U” workshop series at the Middle School. Details here.