Club members, parents, staff and Power 98 came together last night at a Lights On Afterschool rally at the Belmont Ave Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students and 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 was one of more than 8,000 such events across the nation emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school.
What better way to celebrate than to showcase the talents at the club? The Club hosted the "We Got Talent 2016" Talent Show to celebrate. Talents ranged from gymnastics to singing and everything in between. The crowd, consisting of parents, members and staff enjoyed the event and speaking together about the importance of after school and the Boys & Girls Clubs in general. At moments during the show the MC got the crowd involved chanting, “Lights on…after school”
Ms Jessica, co-host of the Morning Maddhouse on Power 98, reiterated the importance of after school programing when talking to the crowd, “Growing up I didn’t have a Boys & Girls Clubs near me but I did go to afterschool programs and it definitely made a difference in who I am today. I have worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs here in Charlotte a bunch and know they are doing great things.”
Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool has been celebrated annually since 2000. This year, more than one million Americans took part in the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs.
In March, the Afterschool Alliance released a new report on the state of afterschool programs in rural America. Drawing on data from America After 3PM, the report found widespread support for afterschool, with 85 percent of parents saying they are satisfied with their child's program. However, for every child in a program, three are waiting to become available. That's 3.1 million children in rural communities who still wait to access the benefits of an afterschool program.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte help build great futures for more than 1,7000 members at our area Clubs. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs programming visit here.