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, firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 281-660-9205. Go to www.afterschoolzone.org for more information about the rally and celebrations throughout Houston.