At a Lights On Afterschool celebration in Titusville, NASA Education Specialist Jennifer Hudgins gave a “Life in Space” demonstration showing afterschool students in the Brevard County Space Explorers program how astronauts sleep and other aspects of life in space. Afterschool Ambassador and assistant district coordinator of Brevard Public Schools School Age Child Care program told Florida Today that the afterschool programs “give parents the peace of mind that they’re safe and they can be at work without worrying about their kids.”
The Orange County Register reported that a Santa Ana afterschool program, The Wooden Floor, was honored with a 2012 Afterschool Innovator Award from the Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation for its arts enrichment work with middle school students. The dance-based youth development organization received a $10,000 grant to continue its work.
Some 800 students from Battle Creek Public School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program celebrated Lights On Afterschool by dancing, climbing and sliding. “The rally’s purpose was to highlight three contributions that after school programs bring to Battle Creek, including keeping kids safe and healthy; inspiring them to learn and relieving working parents of worries about their children’s activities between 3:30 and 6 p.m.,” the Battle Creek Enquirer reports.
At a Lights On Afterschool event in Manchester, afterschool elementary students celebrated their heroes—firefighters, trash collectors, parks and recreation employees, crossing guards, police officers, the lunch lady, parents, tutors and “the person who makes our community a better place to live” (Mayor Gatsas)—the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.