Happy National Lights On For Learning Day!
Lights on for Learning is a day dedicated to celebrating quality extended learning programs across the country, and spreading the message of how and why they are important. The name “Lights on for Learning” is a metaphor for the funding that it takes to fund afterschool programs; the money it takes to keep the lights on after school.
No matter where education happens, funding is a HUGE piece of making it happen. SYC is primarily funded through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant administered by the NH DOE. This grant funding allows SYC to operate with keeping participation fees to a fraction of what it costs to have a child in the program, without the grant there is absolutely no way that SYC could function anywhere near the capacity it does now. For more information on how to advocate for programs like SYC, and to see that stats about the success and importance of programs like ours, check out www.afterschoolalliance.org!
SYC celebrated our 12th annual Lights On celebration on Wednesday, October 17th with a free family dinner from Café Services, a guest speaker, Deo Mwano, for parents about the importance of family engagement in student learning and schools, and fun minute-to-win-it challenges, and other fun activities for kids! Close to 300 people attended the evening to join SYC to celebrate.
Thank you to the dedicated partners and volunteers who support SYC and our mission, including Title 1, PTA, and Fresh Picks Café Services, and who helped to make the evening possible through donations, in-kind, personnel, and logistics.
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