Local organizations are helping put the spotlight on the importance of afterschool programs. Lights On Afterschool is an event happening nationwide. Old School Arts and Learning Center is having an open house Wednesday. Director Louise Perreault says programs are intended to keep kids from having to be home alone after school.
“There are a lot of families that work, with the economy as it is, sometimes more than one job. And they don’t want their children to be going home after school to an empty house. They want to have someplace where they know their children are well cared for and supervised and safe.”
Old School has between 20 and 30 kids enrolled in its after school programs. Perreault says it’s an opportunity to let parents know what’s available.
“We’re celebrating that children have a place to go, rather than going home to a dark home, when parents are working they have a place to go where the lights are on and there’s something for them to do, again quality programming.”
The YMCA is also having an event for Lights On to highlight its afterschool programs. It’s next Wednesday.