Children’s Aid Shines the Lights on Afterschool

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On October 17, The Children’s Aid Society joined organizations around the country for the 14th Annual Lights On Afterschool rally. Lights On Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of after-school programs for America's children, families and communities.

Afterschool programs provide safe and productive environments for children who are alone and unsupervised after the school day. These programs nurture creativity, inspire learning and address the social and emotional needs of the students.

Children’s Aid students, families and staff showed their appreciation for their after-school program in many different ways. Many wrote letters to their elected officials on the importance of afterschool, signed petitions and created collages of their favorite afterschool activities. A popular activity among our sites is to decorate paper light bulbs and hang them up on the walls to symbolize “always keep the lights on afterschool programs.” Afterschool students at P.S. 50, a Children’s Aid community school in Harlem, marched around the neighborhood with their light bulbs and signs to spread the word as well.

Visit our photo gallery to see how Children’s Aid celebrated Lights On Afterschool this year.