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(Washington, DC) – Today, 30 recreation centers across Washington, DC will shine a light on afterschool programs as DC Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR) joins in National Lights On Afterschool Day.
Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs.
Joining the Afterschool Alliance and hundreds of children, parents, businesses and community leaders across the country, DPR celebrates the achievements of students in afterschool programs at DPR facilities to attract attention to the importance of afterschool programs.
In addition to showcasing DPR’s Afternoon Access, Wee Play and Enrichment Zone afterschool programs, there will be a special activity at each site. The three options for special activities include: 1) Talent Showcase – The kids select a talent and showcase their gift; 2) Field Day Extravaganza - A few activities are set up and kids have a fun time playing; 3) Afterschool Art Gallery - Showcase beautiful artwork done by the kids in a space set up like an art gallery.
The event will end with the “Glow Up” at 5pm sharp, when participants at each recreation center gather and illuminate glow sticks as an act in support of afterschool programs nationwide.
DPR recreation centers participating:
- Ferebee Hope
- Fort Davis
- Glover Park
- Lamond Riggs
- Langdon Park
- Turkey Thicket
- Bald Eagle
- Barry Farm
- Barry Farm (Wee Play)
- Congress Heights
- King Greenleaf
- Benning Stoddert
- Harry Thomas, Sr.
- Raymond (Wee Play)
More information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool and America After 3PM is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.