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Hundreds of children, parents, business and community leaders came together this month at “Lights On Afterschool” rallies across the nation to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs.
At Clopton, Lights On Afterschool was celebrated with a carnival on Oct. 17. Ten members of the Clopton afterschool staff, 52 afterschool students and 39 volunteers were present, along with 10 parents and 36 guests.
Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley, Eolia Mayor Jerry Burbridge, and Paynesville Mayor Jonne Hammuck were among the attendees.
At Louisiana Elementary School, Lights On Afterschool was celebrated with an evening of potatoes, science, and blanket making. Did you know that a freshly picked potato has no sodium, fat, or cholesterol? This is just one piece of information from the potato lesson.
Parents, children, and guests learned while they ate baked potatoes with broccoli, cheese, chili, and sour cream. Attendees also participated in a science experiment and cut and tied blankets to be given to the hospital and area nursing homes.
On Thursday, Oct. 17 students in the Twin Pike Family YMCA 21st CCLC Program at BONCL celebrated “Lights On Afterschool.”
During the event, students participated in various S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities.
Stations included “making music with water” where students learned about pitch, tone, and how sound waves travel through water; “motion ocean” where students learned about the different densities of water and oil; and “test your dominant side” where students learned about how the body and brain work together by completing a series of challenges to determine each student’s dominant side.
The gatherings in Pike County were among more than 9,000 such events across the nation emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs.