Celebrating Lights On Afterschool Day
Students in the General Green Elementary ACES program color light bulbs for Lights On Afterschool Day.
Image courtesy of Guilford County Schools
More than 8,000 “Lights On Afterschool” events will take place today in nearly every community in the United States, and at U.S. military bases worldwide. The events, which include open houses and carnivals, fun runs and dance showcases, science experiments and computer animation demonstrations, sports contests and art shows, are part of the only nationwide rally for after school programs.
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, today’s Lights On Afterschool awareness event celebrates its 16th year. More than a million people are expected to participate throughout the week to urge greater investment in quality afterschool programs, which keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.
Three Afterschool Care Enrichment (ACES) programs in Guilford County Schools plan to mark today’s event in their own unique ways.
The students in the General Green Elementary and Jesse Wharton Elementary ACES programs have been preparing all week for today’s event. The students have been decorating paper light bulbs and stringing them up across the cafeteria ceiling and in the hallway.
Today at General Green Elementary, parents will have an opportunity to support ACES by coloring a light bulb with their child to be added to the display. There will be light refreshments and an intimate area where parents can spend quality time coloring.
“We are registered with Afterschool Alliance and will be blowing up their Twitter feed with pictures of our light bulbs and the cafeteria decorations,” says ACES Site Coordinator Aaron Mayo.
Murphey Traditional Academy ACES program will also be celebrating the Lights On Afterschool event. They will be using the event to bring awareness to breast cancer by participating in the “Think Pink” project, which highlights the characteristics of what a respectful and helpful individual exemplifies. In this project, students will focus on making others aware of the issue of Breast Cancer and with the proper tools, ACES students will educate and motivate others to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
“This year, we are inviting all of our Murphey families, friends, volunteers and neighbors to come out and get involved in this project. Today, Murphey the after-school ACES Program will begin creating Breast Cancer Awareness bracelets to show our commitment to the cause,” says ACES Site Coordinator Terri Stewart.
According to the Afterschool Alliance website:
19.4 million kids would participate in an afterschool program if one were available to them.
11.3 million kids on their own in the hours after school.
23 million parents of school age children work outside of the home full time.