Children’s Aid Families March to State Office Building in Support of Afterschool Programs
Approximately 200 children and their families marched from The Children’s Aid Society Dunlevy Milbank Center to the State Office Building Plaza in Harlem as part of the nationwide Lights On Afterschool celebration on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Once there, parents, children and Children’s Aid staff delivered testimony and presented letters to Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Senator Bill Perkins and Assemblymember Keith L. T. Wright.
Lights On Afterschool, now in its 11th year, is designed to highlight the importance of afterschool programs that keep children safe, educated and entertained in the hours after school. One-million Americans will be participating in 7,500 Lights On Afterschool events across the country.
Children’s Aid’s Dunlevy Milbank Center promotes the holistic development of students in afterschool activities ranging from educational enhancement, homework assistance, dance, arts and crafts, sports and nutrition. Dunlevy Milbank is one of twelve Children’s Aid Society sites celebrating afterschool programming during Lights On Afterschool.
Here is how other sites celebrated:
Manhattan Center for Science and Math High School held a lunchtime rally where over 200 students discussed the need for afterschool. A petition was signed and a mural was also created that expresses the shared thoughts and feelings regarding afterschool programs.
20 students at the Rhinelander Children’s Center helped to create a poster that was sent out to funders, government officials and about 600 Rhinelander families electronically. The children discussed why they think having a good after school program is important and the poster is in their words.