On Thursday, October 22, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress took part in “Lights on Afterschool”, a nationwide event that was created to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students. The event draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon. The Club’s event was one of thousands of such events taking place across the nation, emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, “Lights On Afterschool” has been celebrated annually since 2000.
Activities at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress for the day included socially-distanced outdoor games, hands-on art and STEM projects, and virtual paint nights done in collaboration with surrounding Orange County Boys & Girls Clubs. Participants received canvases, paint, and embellishments and joined a Zoom call to participate in a Halloween-themed art activity together as a group. Over 75 Club members throughout the county participated in the virtual events, which also featured fun raffles and a Halloween costume contest.
Recent data from the America After 3PM Report, commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, shows a vast unmet demand for afterschool programs nationwide. In America today, 11.3 million children are alone and unsupervised after school. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning. They provide opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress provides a safe, fun, and educational place for youth afterschool. Due to the pandemic the Club is expanding its services and offering full-day in-Club distance learning assistance as well. To ensure that no child is ever turned away for inability to pay, the Club applies for grants, requests donations from individuals and businesses, and hosts fundraising events. Without the Club, many children would be home alone after school. Instead, they are able to participate in activities that help them to succeed in school, adopt healthy lifestyles, and demonstrate good character and citizenship.
For more information, call 714-527-2697, or visit the website at www.theboysandgirlsclub.org. Contributions are needed throughout the year and can be mailed to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress at 1260 North Riviera Street, Anaheim CA 92801.
This article was released by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress.