Celebrate Lights On Afterschool
Enfield - posted Oct, 08 2013
ENFIELD - On Thursday, Oct. 17, a number of after-school providers in Enfield will join more than 7,500 communities and one million Americans in celebrating Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event organized by the Afterschool Alliance to rally support for after school programs. The annual event draws attention to the need for federal, state, and local funding support to keep the Lights On Afterschool for every child in the Enfield community. Lights On Afterschool was first launched in 2000 and occurs every October to encourage the nation and local communities to officially recognize the importance of after-school programs as being instrumental to children’s academic and social success. According to the Afterschool Alliance, in America today, 1 in 4 youth, or 15.1 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. This year, five organizations in Enfield will provide opportunities for parents, community leaders, residents, and community organizations to visit Lights On Afterschool celebrations at each of their locations: YWCA of Hartford; the Enfield Youth Center will be making a Lights on Afterschool Community Quilt to hang on the wall. The gym will also host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament from 4 to 6 p.m. At 6 p.m. everyone will celebrate with cake and ice cream; CREC Public Safety Academy (PSA) offers many opportunities for students as well as families after school including homework club, enrichment activities and parent outreach programs; and the town of Enfield Child Development Center plans to celebrate Lights On Afterschool this year by inviting the families of their children into the classroom for various activities; and students enrolled in ERfC School-Age Centers will carve pumpkins for the annual Enfield Jack-O-Lantern Festival on the town green, scheduled for Oct. 19. Parents and volunteers will work together to carve over 140 pumpkins, donated by ERfC parent Rick Ouellette, owner of Shaker Farm. For more information about Enfield Lights On Afterschool celebrations, visit the websites of the above mentioned organizations.