Monday, October 24, 2016

Manchester celebrates Lights On Afterschool

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers afterschool program sponsored two Lights On Afterschool rallies on October 19 and 20 at Hillside Middle School and Bakersville Elementary School respectively. The Manchester events were among more than 8,000 around the nation, organized annually by the Afterschool Alliance. 

Lights On Afterschool brings attention to the efforts to expand afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one. The yearly celebration also highlight the benefits of afterschool programs, including inspiring children to learn, keeping them safe in the afternoon hours, and relieving working families of worries about their children’s activities in the afternoon.

Participants of Manchester's Lights On Afterschool rallies included students, parents, supporters, and community members from all over Manchester. Superintendent Dr. Vargas and several school board members were able to attend as well. 

For the first time, our middle school programs collaborated with the Granite United Way Bring It! program to showcase the unique opportunities brought to students in the extended afterschool hours. Some activities included experimenting with aerodynamics in a wind tunnel, LEGOs, dance, cookie decorating, soccer, basketball, and much more. 

Thank you to everyone who made these events such a success, especially Pasquale’s Ristorante, Puritan Backroom, Domino's, and Dunkin' Donuts on Elm Street for their delicious food donations!

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