|On October 26th, 2017, one million people nationwide gathered to celebrate Lights On Afterschool – the ONLY national celebration of afterschool programs and everything they do for our students, families, and communities.|
|After-School All-Stars New York and After-School All-Stars New Jersey had multiple celebrations in honor of all that afterschool programs do to keep children safe and healthy.
In Newark, New Jersey, students at George Washington Carver celebrated the day with music, games, arts and crafts, and our first ever ASAS NJ Olympics.
One of our guests, Newark Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins, said, “I was so happy to see our children being active and interacting in organized activities like the three-legged race and obstacle courses. These activities promote critical and strategic thinking. It was a great event!”
In New York, students at Achievemet First Brownsville had their very own Climb 4 Kids event. The entire school put on their sneackers and climbed to the top of school!
Meanwhile at Dual Language Middle School in Manhattan, students hosted volunteers from News America Marketing, who attended last year’s Climb 4 Kids at 4 World Trade Center.
Marlena Bonafide, Account Associate at News America Marketing, has volunteered with ASAS for two years. When we asked Marlena about her experience, she said, “Lights On Afterschool is important so that the nation can be aware that afterschool is an option for kids of all ages. News America Marketing has had such a great time volunteering with ASAS, and I urge others who want to get involved to reach out to ASAS.”
For every child in afterschool, two are waiting to get in. We challenge you to post on your Facebook about why you believe afterschool programs are important to YOU and your community. Tag us, and we will repost on our Facebook pages! (@ASASNY@ASASNewJersey)
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