‘Lights on Afterschool’ Oct. 16 at elementary
Published: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
The Custer YMCA Kidstop afterschool program will sponsor a “Lights On Afterschool” rally Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Custer Elementary School mezzanine. The rally will be one of more than 7,500 such events around the nation that day, the 14th annual Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. Speakers across America will call for expanding afterschool opportunities so every child who needs a program has access to one and discuss the harm that results from budget cuts and freezes to these programs.
At the event, parents and supporters will sign a new petition that urges lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs.
Invitations to the Lights On Afterschool rally have been sent to Custer Mayor Gary Lipp, the Custer School District Board of Education members, school district superintendent Scott Lepke, the YMCA board of directors and parents, teachers and any community member who would like to attend. The event will highlight three of the significant contributions that afterschool programs make to Custer: keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn and relieving working parents of worries about their children's activities during the afternoon hours.
The Custer YMCA Kidstop opened the 2011-12 school year with a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This grant allows the program to run free of charge for 50 Custer children currently enrolled and provides homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring and activities designed for recreation, science, technology, mathematics, engineering and dozens of other subjects. The program is a collaboration between the school system and the YMCA.
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on Lights On Afterschool is available at afterschoolalliance.org.
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