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Hudson, New York
Kids and Schools
23 October 2017 12:26PM
Meghan Tice

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool rally to showcase all of the great things the program has to offer. There will be food and refreshments. Other activities will include a rock climbing wall for all ages and student presentations and performances by J.L.E. & Hatch participants throughout the event. Dozens of parents, supporters and community members are expected to attend.

The nationwide event will spotlight the range of programming available through our free afterschool program, including programs offered through our valuable community partners like Columbia Opportunities (Hudson Family Literacy), N.Y.S. Firemen’s Museum, Hudson Area Library, Hudson Hall, Hawthorne Valley, Clermont State Historic Site, Perfect Ten, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Girl Scouts of Northeastern N.Y.

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: M.C. Smith Intermediate School cafeteria (102 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534). Please enter the building through the back doors.

Background: The Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program opened in 2000 with help from a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It now serves approximately 300 children daily (K-12), providing homework assistance, mentoring, and classes and clubs in sports, recreation, STEM, and dozens of other subjects. The program is a collaboration between the school system and many community partners.

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The rally will be one of more than an expected 8,000 such events across America as part of Lights On Afterschool, the annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs organized by the Afterschool Alliance. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year. The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on Lights On Afterschool is available at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org.

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