Lights On Afterschool Rally & Celebration 2012

On Thursday, October 18th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle, the Expanded Learning Opportunities Network (ELO) and Our Community’s Children hosted children and parents for the Lights On Afterschool Rally and celebration of afterschool programs in Grand Rapids. This celebration is among many across the nation that will be shining a light on afterschool programs through the national Lights On Afterschool campaign.

Lights On emphasizes the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs. These programs provide a critical service for children that get inspired to learn, exposed to new skills, and develop a sense of belonging, in a safe and nurturing environment.

Featured were performances of song, dance and poetry by LOOP and LOFT after school program participants from Campau and Campus Elementary, Coit Creative Arts Academy, Southwest Community Campus, Creston High School and students from the Cook Arts Center.  Presentations were made by a Regional Manager Mary Judnich of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Office, Michigan State Representative Brandon Dillon, City Commissioner Ruth Kelly, City Manager Greg Sundstrom, Police Chief Kevin Belk, Assistant Superintendent Larry Johnson, GRPS Extended Learning & WIA Director Jamie Gordon, OCC Executive Director Lynn Heemstra and Manager of Collaborative Projects Mary Hartfield who served as the MC.