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October 18, 2011 > Youth Enrichment Program hosts "Lights On" celebration

Youth Enrichment Program hosts "Lights On" celebration

Submitted By Donna Fitzwater

The Longwood Elementary School's afterschool program, the Youth Enrichment Program (YEP), will sponsor a "Lights On" afterschool celebration on Thursday, October 20. The celebration will be one of more than 7,500 nationwide events with over a million participants that day. This is the twelfth annual "Lights On" event organized nationally by the Afterschool Alliance and is also the milestone year of 15 years of afterschool programs in Hayward.

This event will focus on the importance of afterschool programs. Three significant contributions that YEP afterschool programs make to Hayward include: 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 event will also spotlight the after school science curriculum, with hands on experiments conducted by the students with the adults in attendance, all designed for fun and learning.

The 2011 Afterschool Heroes Awards will be awarded to the original 1996 funders, founders, and supervisors of the YEP program at this celebration. The 2011 Heroes are:

From The City of Hayward:
Former Mayor Roberta Cooper; Former City Manager Jesus Armas; Retired Staff Supervisor Millie Saad.

From Hayward Area Recreation and Park District:
Retired General Manager Wes Asmussen; Former Staff Supervisor Rita Shue; 1996 Board President Carol Pereira.

From Hayward Unified School District:
Former Superintendent Marlin Foxworth; Retired Staff Supervisor Dr. Carolyn Stuckey; 1996 Board President Frank Garcia.

In the 2010/2011 school year, the YEP program served 3,656 students providing them a safe environment at their school as well as providing homework assistance, tutoring, and arts/craft activities, sports, science activities, and recreational activities.

All community members are invited to join the many special guests at this celebration of Hayward leading the way for 15 years with afterschool programming.

Lights On Afterschool Celebration
Thursday, October 20
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Longwood Elementary School
850 Longwood, Hayward
(510) 888-0102

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