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More than a million people in thousands of communities across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide will turn the lights on for afterschool this October by joining the only national rally for afterschool programs. More than 8,000 afterschool programs are expected to participate on or around October 22, holding rallies, science fairs, fun runs, student performances, community service events, sports competitions, open houses and more at schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, Ys, community centers, museums, parks and recreation facilities, state capitols, malls and other settings. These events will celebrate the afterschool programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.
The New York skyline will shine for afterschool that evening when, for the ninth consecutive year, the iconic Empire State Building is lit up in yellow to celebrate Lights On Afterschool.
The Afterschool Alliance joined more than 2,500 other national, state and local organizations for veterans, teachers, scientists, law enforcement, women's rights, transportation safety and others to call on congress to avoid America’s next great budget crisis. Funding levels for programs like the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, which provides quality learning opportunities for 1.6 million children when school is out, were not cut – in fact increased slightly – the past two years under the bipartisan Murray-Ryan budget deal signed in December 2013.