Pottstown School District and Olivet Boys & Girls Club to Hold Lights On Afterschool! Block Party October 22, 2009

MEDIA ALERT

October 15, 2009

Meggan Kerber, CFRE

Chief Development Officer

610-373-1314 ext. 215 (day)

610-223-2157 (evening)

Pottstown School District and Olivet Boys & Girls Club to Hold Lights On Afterschool! Block Party October 22, 2009

7,500 Rallies Nationwide Aim to Make Afterschool Programs Available to All

Pottstown School District and Olivet Boys & Girls Club will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool rally on Thursday, October 22 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Smith Plaza in Pottstown, PA.  It will be one of more than 7,500 such events around the nation that day, the ninth annual Lights On Afterschool celebration, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is Chair of Lights On Afterschool again this year. Speakers from the local area will call for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one, and discuss the harm that results from budget cuts and freezes.

Participants in the Lights On Afterschool will learn about how afterschool programs in Pottstown are keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and relieving working parents of worries about their children’s activities during the afternoon hours. The program is open to all parents, supporters and community members.  Guests are invited to participate in programs hosted by the Gallery on High, Girl Scouts, Pottstown Library and others. Refreshments and prizes will be provided at the event for attendees.

·         What:  Lights On Afterschool Rally

·         When: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., October 22, 2009

·         Where: Pottstown Borough, Smith Plaza outside of Borough Hall

For more information contact Vanessa Saylor, Pottstown School District at 610-906-6196 or Tia Quarles, Pottstown Area Director at 610-463-5823.
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Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading and Berks County is “The Positive Place for Kids,” serving thousands of youth between the ages of six and 18 at 9 locations in Reading and Berks County, as well as four locations in Pottstown including the Richard J. Ricketts Community Center, and a summer camp in

Hamburg.  The Club opened in 1898, and is one of the original founding members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America movement.

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on Lights On Afterschool is available at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org.

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