Why afterschool programs are critically important… And a giveaway!
By Alex on November 28th, 2011
Every Monday until December 5th, we’ll be posting our thoughts on one of the five key areas Scholastic’s new “Family and Community Engagement” (FACE) team is focusing on to help raise reading achievement: early literacy, family involvement, access to books, expanded learning, and mentoring. And each week we’re giving away books and resources to one winner’s school or charity of choice. Stop by each Monday to enter!
On any given day 33% of children aged 5-13 return to an empty home after school. That’s more than 12 million kids who have to fend for themselves when the school day ends.
For sure what happens between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. can have a profound impact on a child’s chances at success as a student.
1. Teens who do not participate in afterschool programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate.
2. After school programs reduce juvenile crime by keeping kids safe and occupied between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
3. Afterschool programs are an important resource for families especially the working parent. Afterschool programs provide parents assurance that their children are being supervised and are in an educational environment.
For years, Scholastic has supported an organization call the Afterschool Alliance, a driving force for afterschool programs and is the only organization dedicated to raising awareness. The Afterschool Alliance signature initiative Lights On Afterschool which celebrates successful afterschool programs across the country. This year Lights On Afterschool had more than 1 million Americans celebrate their afterschool programs by lighting up local landmarks.
We caught up with Ursula Helminski, FACE Advisory Board Member and Vice President of External Affairs for the Afterschool Alliance last month at the FACE Symposium. Here is what Ursula had to say:
GIVEAWAY: Tell us your thoughts or ideas on extending learning and afterschool programs by 11:59 PM (ET) on Sunday, December 4, 2011 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an Afterschool prize pack which will include a 25 book collection with 4 supporting activity books that reinforce health and wellness, and creative and performing arts. One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries. Read the official rules here (Giveaway open to U.S. residents only; must be 18 or older to enter.)