Join the Teen Center (Pirates Den) Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 6-8pm to light up the sky with floating lanterns. All youth will get one lantern to send off. Those who attend 10 or more times with get an extra one. Fire pits, marshmallow roast, iPad games, fun and food. Friends and family are welcome to join in on the fun.
A Million People Rally Today to Keep the Lights On After School
15th Annual Rally for Afterschool Programs Includes 8,000 Events Across the Nation
On the heels of a major new study that found that, despite rapid growth in afterschool
participation, one in five children in the United States is unsupervised in the afternoons, students, parents, educators, community leaders, policy makers, business leaders and others rallied for afterschool programs today as part of the 15th annual Lights On Afterschool.
The only nationwide rally for afterschool programs includes more than 8,000 events in every corner of the country, and at U.S. military bases worldwide. Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool Alliance to highlight the many ways quality afterschool programs support children, families and communities.
Based on a household survey of more than 30,000 U.S. families, the new America After 3PM study found huge unmet demand for afterschool programs; the parents of 19.4 million students said they would enroll their child, if an afterschool program were available. In response, in classrooms, community centers, science museums, parks and recreation centers, malls and other settings, more than one million people are coming together today to celebrate and support the quality afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.