Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lights on Afterschool

Today, at more than 7,500 events across the country and at military bases worldwide, Lights On Afterschool's tenth anniversary is being celebrated in a coordinated drive emphasizing the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities.

The Empire State Building in New York City will be specially lit up, and the rarely-illuminated Lindbergh Beacon atop Los Angeles City Hall will be turned on in a display of coast-to-coast support for Lights On Afterschool's important message: all children deserve access to high-quality afterschool programs.

"Learning doesn't just happen in a classroom between school bells," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Children learn all day long. So it's vital to give students and their families the tools, the facilities and the opportunity to continue working on traditional academic subjects as well as a place for broader lessons in areas like art and music to enrich their lives."

To read the rest of the Department of Education's press release, click here. To find a Lights on Afterschool event in your neighborhood, click here. To support tutor/mentor programs throughout Chicagoland, click here. Thank you!

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