Hundreds of Harlem Children and Parents to March to State Office Building in Support of Afterschool Programs

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Youth from The Children's Aid Society Participate in National Lights On Afterschool Event

Contact:
Ellen Lubell, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864, ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org
Emily Crossan, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742, emilyc@childrensaidsociety.org

When:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Where:
4:00 pm – departure from The Children’s Aid Society Dunlevy Milbank Center
14-32 West 118th Street, between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

4:30 pm – arrival at State Office Building Plaza
163 West 125th Street, just east of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

What:
Approximately 200 children and their families will march 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. Once there, they will deliver testimony and present letters to elected officials, including New York State Senator Bill Perkins.

Lights On Afterschool, now in its 11th year, is designed to highlight the importance of afterschool programs in keeping 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.

Expected Guests:
New York State Senator Bill Perkins
Katherine Eckstein, Director of Public Policy, The Children’s Aid Society
Youth, parents and staff from The Children’s Aid Society

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org, or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

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