After-School Illumination

9 years 6 months 1 week ago October 19, 2007 Oct 19, 2007 Friday, October 19 2007 Friday, October 19, 2007 4:44:07 PM CDT in News

The day was aimed at creating awareness and gathering more support for programs like Students and Tutors Achieving Real Success, an after school program in the Fulton school district.

In honor of "Lights on Afterschool" Day, students of STARS showed the community why the program is important to them by cooking dinner for Fulton residents.

Nashayla Brandt, a fourth grader, is one of 34 students in the group that depends on STARS every day.

"It helps me with my homework and makes me understand more things in school," Brandt said.

Harley Smith, a sixth grade graduate of the program, said that STARS helped raise her grades.

"I had trouble with my homework and doing it, so they helped me when I needed help with my homework," Smith said.

Even though the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said the number of afterschool programs is on the rise, there is still room for improvement.

"They are certainly still very critical to the state of Missouri and we do need more programs," said Cindy Heislen with DESE.

The Afterschool Alliance says that 28 million children across the country have parents who work outside the home. Of that, 14 million have no place to go afterschool.

As part of "Lights on Afterschool" Day, people across the country are leaving their lights on to show their support of afterschool activities.

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