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Gov. Inslee Proclaims “Light’s On Afterschool Day.” Will you celebrate?

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News


Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed October 20th, 2016 as Light’s On Afterschool Day across Washington State! This is the second time Governor Inslee has lent his support to this important national celebration of afterschool programs spearheaded by our national partner, the Afterschool Alliance. School’s Out Washington is thrilled that Governor Inslee has chosen to highlight the critical importance of afterschool and expanded learning in Washington once again.

Across our country and our state, funding shortfalls lead to afterschool programs having to turn out their lights and shut down, meaning less kids are getting access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities that make a real difference in their lives. First started in 2000, more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting more than 1 million Americans. By highlighting quality expanded learning programs across our state and nation, policymakers can see for themselves the impact afterschool can have.

For Light’s On Afterschool 2016, School’s Out Washington will celebrate afterschool STEM in Snohomish County! SOWA has partnered with Washington State University Extension 4-H, Lockheed Martin,  4-H National Youth Science Day and the Flying Heritage Collection highlighting the importance of afterschool STEM programming through Drone Discovery!

Host your own event and show off YOUR great afterschool program!

Help us show policymakers, parents, and the public how afterschool programs give children and youth across out state the opportunity to keep learning all day and all year! Visit our Light’s On webpage (and don’t forget to register your event!) for tips and tools on how to host your own Light’s On event and be part of the movement to keep the lights on afterschool, because learning doesn’t stop at 3pm!

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