St. Pius X Family to Hold Lights On Afterschool!

7,500 Rallies Nationwide Aim to Make Afterschool Programs Available to All

The St. Pius X Family Resource Center Afterschool Program, 705 E. Anderson Street, will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool rally on Thursday, October 16 at 3 pm – 8 pm. The rally in support of afterschool programs will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the creation of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the principal funding stream for federal support for afterschool programs. It will be one of more than 7,500 such events around the nation that day, the ninth annual Lights On Afterschool celebration, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is Chair of Lights On Afterschool again this year. Speakers in Savannah will call for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one, and discuss the harm that results from budget cuts and freezes.

Participants in the Lights On Afterschool rally include list partner agencies here, as well as local business leaders, educators and other officials. The event will highlight three of the significant contributions that afterschool programs make to Chatham County: keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and relieving working parents of worries about their children’s activities during the afternoon hours. Hundreds of parents, supporters and community members are expected to attend.

For more information or to arrange interviews with speakers, contact Mr. Anthony Avery at (912) 651- 6815.

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