Delano to Hold Afterschool Rally Oct 18

Delano Union School District to Hold POWER Up! Lights On Afterschool! Rally October 18
7,500 Rallies Nationwide Aim to Make Afterschool Programs Available to All
The Delano Union School District POWER (Powerful Outcomes in Wellness, Education, & Recreation) Afterschool Program will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool rally on Thursday, October 18 from 4 pm to 7 pm at Cecil Avenue Math & Science Academy. The rally will be one of more than 7,500 such events around the nation that day, the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. Speakers in Delano, including State Assemblyman David Valadao, Ruth Leon from State Senator Michael Rubio’s Office, and Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo, will call for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one, and discuss the harm that results from budget cuts and freezes to these program. At the event, parents and supporters will sign a petition that urges lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs.
Participants in the Lights On Afterschool rally include over 800 Delano POWER Program students, DUSD School Board Members, as well as local business leaders, educators and other officials. The event will highlight three of the significant contributions that afterschool programs make to Delano: keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and relieving working parents of worries about their children's activities during the afternoon hours. Hundreds of parents, supporters, and community members are expected to attend.
o What: DUSD POWER Up! Lights On Afterschool! Rally
o When: 4 pm – 7 pm, October 18, 2012
o Where: Cecil Avenue Math & Science Academy, 1430 Norwalk St., Delano
o Who: State Assemblyman David Valadao, Ruth Leon (State Senator Michael Rubio), Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo, DUSD Board of Trustees, local business leaders, parents and supporters of afterschool

The DUSD POWER Program opened in 2007 with an After School Education & Safety (ASES) Grant from the California Department of Education. It now serves over 800 children, providing homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, and classes and clubs in sports, recreation, mathematics, music, and dozens of other subjects. The program is a collaboration between the school system, City of Delano, UC Cooperative Extension, Delano Optimist Club, the Delano Community Alliance, and a host of other supporters.
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 www.afterschoolalliance.org.

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