On Thursday, October 22nd, hundreds of Carmel Clay School students and their families celebrated Lights On Afterschool events at their elementary school’s Extended School Enrichment (ESE) program. The themes for these events ranged from superheroes to fall festivals to afterschool is a “big” deal, the last of which gave ESE participants the opportunity to play oversized games such as Jenga and dominoes. While the themes varied from site to site, the goal of each of these events was the same – bring awareness to the importance of high-quality out of school time programs for students and their families.
These are just a few examples of the more than 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events that took place during the week of October 18th in nearly every community in the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide. The events, which include conducting science experiments, providing community service, performing original music and dance, joining sports tournaments, creating computer animation, planting community gardens, and learning about the environment, are only part of the coast-to-coast rally for afterschool programs.
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is in its 16th year. More than a million people have participated in order to urge greater investment in quality afterschool programs, which keep kids safe, inspires them to learn, and helps working families. In New York City, the Empire State Building was lit up in yellow again this year, on October 22nd, in honor of afterschool programs!
A few the highlights of ESE Lights On Afterschool events on October 22nd include:
- At Prairie Trace ESE, students enjoyed playing oversized versions of popular games such as Jenga, cards, and volleyball.
- At Mohawk Trails ESE, the parents got to take on their kids in a family game of dodgeball!
- At West Clay ESE, parents were able to meet and greet with the staff as they enjoyed an open house with all ESE has to offer on a daily basis.