Lights on Afterschool Day


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginia’s children are important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and

WHEREAS, building stronger communities starts with promoting the welfare of our children, and requires students, parents, business and community leaders, and volunteers to work together; and

WHEREAS, after school programs support working families by ensuring that their children are safe and productive after the regular school day ends; and

WHEREAS, over 190,000 Virginia children participate in an afterschool program, yet more than 392,000 children are not enrolled in programs due to a lack of availability; and

WHEREAS, many afterschool programs across the country face funding shortfalls; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth stands firmly committed to quality afterschool programs that provide safe, challenging, and engaging learning experiences, and help children develop social and academic skills; and

WHEREAS, each year, the Afterschool Alliance, established in 2000 by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, J.C. Penney, the Open Society Institute/The After-School Corporation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and the Creative Artists Agency Foundation, organizes “Lights on Afterschool Day,” to promote the importance of quality afterschool programs; and

WHEREAS, on October 20, 2016, afterschool programs across the country celebrate the 17th Annual Lights on Afterschool Day with open houses, program tours, stadium rallies, and parades, celebrating the importance of quality afterschool programs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 20, 2016, as LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.