Children, parents, businesses, and community leaders will come together at a Lights On – Read On event 5:00-6:30PM to not only celebrate the achievements of afterschool programs but also to educate families on the value of literacy and how it affects academic growth. There will be tables of activities from partnering agencies such as United Way of Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Library, ARF (All for the Animals), and others. In addition Santa Barbara Unified School District’s A-OK (After School Opportunities for Kids Program) and the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department’s RAP (Recreation After School Program) invite volunteers and community leaders to any of our eleven after school program sites to read a favorite childhood book to a small group of students from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.
We want to draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon. The gathering is one of 7,500 such events across the nation emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs.
Lights On is a powerful reminder that afterschool programs keep children safe, inspire them to learn, and relieve working parents of worries about how their children spend their afternoons. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough afterschool spaces, and too many students are home alone in the afternoons or out on the streets where they can be exposed to crime or at-risk. We must open more programs and refuse to let tight budgets endanger the expansion of afterschool programs.
For more information, call 805-965-4633 x6506.