Hundreds of families and children from the Santa Maria Bonita School District's met with school officials to educate themselves on a variety of topics.
Nearly 800 families whose children receive services through the Migrant Education Program gathered at the Allan Hancock College for an annual family conference.
Several workshop topics covered at the event include Alzheimer's prevention, obtaining a GED or driver's license, tips for coping with stress and nurturing creativity in adults and kids.
"This is very important that we connect our parents with the school district and involve them in the education of their children," said Mark Muller, assistant superintendent of instructional services. "We have many of our former students who are actually here today and are now working with us and they are teaching."
Guest speakers at the family conference highlighted the roles migrant families have in local and state communities particularly in the agricultural industry.