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What Is Lights On Afterschool?
The Afterschool Alliance began promoting the importance of after-school programs in 1999 with the first Lights On Afterschool Day, a day for communities across the nation to raise awareness of the crucial contributions that after-school programs make to students, families, schools and the community. In 2017, the National Lights on Afterschool Day will be held on October 26. AYS will celebrate by holding our second annual Lights On Luncheon on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. According to the 2014 report of America After 3PM, 11.3 million children in the United States remain unsupervised between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. on weekdays. This issue goes beyond concerns about supervision and child safety. These children are losing the opportunity to participate in art and music classes, science experiments, field trips, and all the other activities that take place in after-school programs across the country. As school systems trim their budgets, after-school programs are filling in the gaps, but students who don’t attend after-school programs can’t participate in these opportunities.
Lights On Luncheon 2016
Thanks to all who attended AYS’ inaugural event on October 20, 2016, which aligned with the Lights On Afterschool initiative. The event educated the community about the importance of out-of-school time programs, brought together key stakeholders and raised more than $20,000 for the Ellen Clippinger Financial Assistance Fund to provide scholarships for more children to attend AYS programs. Dr. Robyn Silverman, who is often featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America and many other daytime programs, provided the keynote address. AYS’ founder Ellen Clippinger was honored as Sagamore of the Wabash by State Representative Greg Porter. We hope you can join us next time!