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Leave a light on
Bragg Hill Family Life Center will celebrate afterschool programs at an event on Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m. The Lights On Afterschool Celebration will feature activities, games, music and prizes. The event is free and open to the public. The party will be held at the family life center, 400 Bragg Hill Drive
During the event, leaders will talk about the need to emphasize afterschool programs, even in the midst of budget cuts.
Some facts about what goes on after school hours in America:
• More than 15 million school-age children are on their own after school. Among them are more
than 1 million are in grades K to 5.
• The parents of more than 28 million school-age children work outside the home.
• Only 8.4 million K-12 children participate in afterschool programs. An additional 18.5 million
would participate if a quality program were available in their community.
• The hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex.
• Nine in 10 Americans want all children and teens to have some type of organized activity or safe place to go after school.
In Virginia, 24% of kids in grades kindergarten through 12th take care of themselves after school.