Yesterday, October 21st, 1 million Americans celebrated the 11th annual Lights On Afterschool. Organizations and Schools all over Austin took part, YMCA, Heart House, and Boys and Girls Club to name a few. Activities included cooking demonstrations, art exhibits, performances, spelling bees, sport activities, tutoring and much more.
Jodie Grant, Executive Director of Afterschool Alliance shared a few words on the importance of Afterschool Programs.
“….it is more important than ever that we use Lights On Afterschool to shine a light on the inspired, engaged and innovative learning that occurs after the school day ends and before parents get home from work. Today’s afterschool programs have moved far beyond the mission to keep kids safe. Today, afterschool programs are at the forefront of educational innovation – creating school, community and faith based partnerships to bring resources, caring adults and exciting curricula to children in the hours after school.”
7500+ events took place calling attention to the need for more afterschool resources. To see pictures and read blogs about yesterday’s events check out Lights Afterschool Facebook event page!