October 11, 2006
Governor Bredesen proclaimed Oct. 12 Lights On Afterschool Day to highlight the contributions of afterschool programs to Tennessee’s communities. This year marks the seventh annual national Lights On Afterschool celebration organized by the Afterschool Alliance.
In his proclamation the governor lauded Tennessee afterschool programs for their efforts to:
· Provide safe, challenging, engaging and fun learning experiences to help children and youth develop their social, emotional, physical, cultural and academic skills;
· Support working families by ensuring their children are safe and productive after the regular school day ends;
· Build stronger communities by involving our students, parents, business leaders and relationships among children, youth, families and adults;
· Engage families, schools and diverse community partners in advancing the welfare of our children.
Sixty-one percent of Tennessee children ages 6-12 live in households where all parents are employed, approximately the same percentage as in the nation as a whole. More than one in every four children is unsupervised after school. Afterschool program provides educational and productive activities to keep youth and communities safer.
A list of Tennessee Lights On Afterschool activities is available online at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/lights_on/find.cfm. More than one million people will participate in events in 2006.
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is an independent agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families.
For more information contact Linda O’Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Ellis at (615) 253-6037.
NOTE to Editors: Graphics to accompany the story may be downloaded from http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/lights_on/logos.cfm.