On Thursday, the Denver City and County Building was lit up with orange lights in honor of afterschool programming. Governor Polis proclaimed October 28th to be LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL DAY. Both are part of a national celebration of afterschool programming called, “Lights On Afterschool.”
“Lights On Afterschool celebrates the remarkable work being done by students who attend our afterschool programs,” Megan Nyce, Network Lead for the Colorado Afterschool Partnership, said. “It is a powerful reminder that afterschool programs offer a range of supports to children and families.”
The celebration was one of more than 8,000 events across the nation, and one of over 40 events across Colorado. Students, families and staff from the Peak Learning Center joined in on the celebration.
The national Lights On Afterschool celebration underscores the need to invest in afterschool programs. It is the only nationwide event that celebrates afterschool programming and the important role it plays in the lives of children, families, and communities.
“Lights on Afterschool showcases the benefits that afterschool programming provides to working families throughout our community,” said Nyce. “Afterschool programs offer parents a safe, educational environment for their children and provide children with opportunities to grow academically, discover new interests, and socialize with their peers.”
Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool and America After 3PM is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
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