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Rally celebrates afterschool programs

Supervisors Sisson, Grzeika and LoBuglio had fun making Gak, a slimy substance that has all kinds of uses.

The King George Family YMCA Afterschool Program sponsored a Lights On Afterschool rally on Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. It was one of more than 7,500 such events around the nation that day, the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance.

The alliance supports expanding afterschool opportunities so every child who needs a program has access to one.

Participants included Board of Supervisors members Joe Grzeika, Dale Sisson Jr. and Joe LoBuglio, teachers and parents. The event highlighted three significant contributions the programs make:

  • Keeping kids safe and healthy
  • Inspiring them to learn
  • Relieving working parents of worries about their children’s activities during the afternoon hours.

The King George Family YMCA received a grant from VPOST (Virginia Partnership For Out of School Time) to hold the event. The children made posters displaying the importance of the YMCA program.

Middle-school students created a video of children in the program telling why they come to the YMCA, what they do there and how the program has changed their lives. Children said they enjoy swimming, gym time, the playground and the counselors.

Children wrote things they like about the program on artsy light bulbs.

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