You are cordially invited to the brightest party around: please join Afterschool Alliance for Lights On Afterschool!
By our friends at the Afterschool Alliance
On Monday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 24, the 15th annual Afterschool for All Challenge brought more than 150 afterschool advocates from across the country to Washington, D.C. for two days of learning, advocating, and celebrating out-of-school time programs. Thanks to the collaboration and enthusiasm of these participants—supported by messages to Congress sent from advocates nationwide—this year's Challenge was a huge success!
Here are the amazing accomplishments of this year's Challenge:
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA-11), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-01), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) attended the Afterschool Showcase to receive “Afterschool Hero” capes, a unique way to thank them for their heroic support of afterschool and summer learning programs in Congress.
Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance Jodi Grant explained to the attendees of the Afterschool Showcase how these Members played a crucial role in preserving 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) as an independent funding stream within ESSA, thereby protecting thousands of 21st CCLC programs that serve millions of kids and families nationwide.
By meeting with Members of Congress and their staff and sharing powerful stories of the ways out-of-school programs benefit communities, this year's Challenge participants will hopefully draft yet more afterschool "heroes" in Congress, and ensure that 21st CCLC remains strong and secure for years to come.
It’s not too late to take the Challenge!
While meetings with afterschool advocates are still fresh in the minds of Members of Congress and their staff, now is an excellent time to keep the momentum going and send a message to your representatives. As Congress enters appropriations season—and with the fate of 21st CCLC funding levels on the line—every voice for afterschool and summer learning programs can make a difference!
You are cordially invited to the brightest party around: please join Afterschool Alliance for Lights On Afterschool!
The Bristol Public Library is a proud participant of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative, which provides free online resources to help out-of-school programs encourage and support kids to eat healthier and move more.
Results from the 2017 YRBS are in! The YRBS examines overall trends in 121 health-related behaviors of students in grades 9-12 plus obesity, overweight, and asthma.
Nearly 1.1 million low-income children benefited from federally-supported afterschool suppers in October 2016. For many low-income children, the suppers offered at afterschool programs through the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program help stave off hunger until they eat a school breakfast the next day.
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