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Elementary and Primary Education
Galveston Independent School District
News Release
Thursday, October 20, 2011

GISD schools and ACE program hold Lights On Afterschool Rallies on October 25 & 26
Galveston children, parents, business and community leaders invited to join the 11th Annual Lights On Afterschool National Rally to raise awareness for the positive impact of afterschool programs

GALVESTON, Texas – Hundreds of children, parents, business and community leaders will come together for Lights On Afterschool rallies on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at L.A. Morgan Elementary (37th Street) and Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Austin Middle School (1514 Ave. N 1/2). Sponsored by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers/ACE program, the rallies are part of more than 7,500 such events around the nation, the 11th annual Lights On Afterschool National Rally, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. The cause behind the event is to raise awareness about the importance of afterschool programs.

Galveston Lights On Afterschool participants will tour the schools and watch student demonstrations in robotics, ecology, Latin dance, raising farm animals, technology and drill team performances. The Tuesday, Oct. 25 rally at L.A. Morgan Elementary will be held from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The Wednesday, Oct. 26 rally at Austin Middle School will take place from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. All other schools with afterschool programs will offer open houses to parents from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. on both days.

“We have extensive before and after school programs at Galveston ISD with over 1,000 participants taking advantage of the many offerings,” said Marcia Baker, District Coordinator for the 21 Century CLC/ACE program. “We want to give the Galveston community a chance to see how these programs deeply affect the learning process of those involved students. They serve as additional instructional time for children who need tutoring, a supervised place to go while their parents work, or a way for children to explore a new skill or hobby.”

The gatherings are two of 7,500 such events across the nation emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs. Tighter school budgets due to mandatory state cuts are endangering afterschool programs in Galveston and around the country, forcing many to cut back or close their doors.

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