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Lights On Afterschool! rally at City Hall Oct. 17

Lights On Afterschool! rally at City Hall Oct. 17 promotes after school for all Greater Houston Lights On Alliance joins efforts of 9,000 organizers nationwide

The Greater Lights On Alliance sponsors a Lights On Afterschool! rally and press conference at the Houston City Hall Rotunda Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.  A representative from Mayor Annise Parker’s office will present a proclamation.

The event promotes the importance of quality after-school programs in the greater Houston community.  After-school programs help keep kids safe and prevent juvenile crime; inspire students to learn through out-of-school time activities; and relieve working families from worries about their children’s afternoon activities.

Local statistics show that only 1 in 24 children has access to a free, structured, publicly-funded, after-school program.  Since 2003, over 120 Houston after-school programs have been disbanded due to lack of sustained local funding.  In addition, 65 percent of Houston kids ages 7-17 are from low-income, working families earning about $37,000 a year.

Nationally, 28 million children have parents who work outside the home.  The Afterschool Alliance in Washington D.C., sponsor of the nationwide rally, suggests that only 15 percent of Texas K-12 students participate in after-school programs.

What:  Lights On Afterschool! Rally and Press Conference

Who:  Student choir from Texas Medical Center YMCA performs

Organizers include Harris County Department of Education’s Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, the Houston Parks & Recreation Department and the After-School Achievement Program, the YMCA of Greater Houston, South East Texas After-School Association, Houston Independent School District, Fort Bend Independent School District’s Extended Day Program, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, and the Education Foundation of Harris County

When: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 10-10:30  a.m.

Where:  Houston City Hall Rotunda, 900 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002

Etc:  Media contact, Carol Vaughn, Communications and Public Information, cvaughn@hcde-texas.org, cell: 281-660-9205.  Go to www.afterschoolzone.org for more information about the rally and celebrations throughout Houston.

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