YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Lights on Afterschool was the celebration on Thursday in downtown Youngstown.
Students and staff gathered at the Youngstown Board of Education and then walked to Choffin Career and Technical Center as part of the Youngstown Afterschool Alliance’s event to raise awareness of the importance of after school programs.
Claudia Charity, manager of community partnerships at Youngstown City Schools, said after school programs are vital to student success. Youngstown City Schools offers after school programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
“To have after school programs that are not only helping kids academically, but socially, youth development, enrichment and also providing a safe place for them to be,” she said.
Participating in the march were Harding, Martin Luther King, McGuffey and Williamson elementary schools. The Discovery Career Connections at Volney, Chaney VPA/STEM and East High School also participated.
The group was one of more than 7,500 sites across the nation holding such an event this month, said April Alexander, Youngstown Afterschool Alliance program director.
Speakers included Stephen Stohla, interim superintendent of Youngstown City School District, and Andrea Mahone, host of the television show, “Increase the Peace.”