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For Immediate Release
Contact: Venetia Weeks 908-246-1486

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool with The Work-Family Connection
October 20, 2011

On October 20, 2011, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen will be a special guest at The Work-Family Connection’s Afterschool Enrichment Program at the Milton Avenue School in Chatham.  The WFC Afterschool program at this location will be celebrating Lights On Afterschool, with a party and some special guests. Congressman Frelinghuysen will read his favorite kids' book to the children, discuss his job in regards to his efforts and hopes regarding children in New Jersey.
This October, more than 7,500 communities and 1 million Americans will celebrate Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event organized by the Afterschool Alliance to rally support for afterschool programs. The Work-Family Connection programs, 30+ across New Jersey, will each hold their own celebration, and help call attention to the benefits of afterschool programs.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. In the U.S. today, 15.1 million children go home alone after school. What happens at a Lights On Afterschool event?  Lights On Afterschool events might be a parent open house, a breakfast summit for local leaders, a student performance, a town parade, a candlelight vigil, a community fashion show, a battle of the bands... just about anything that works for your community and program.  Last year, the Empire State Building was specially lit in support of this event.  
Children, parents, grandparents, educators, community leaders, policy makers, celebrities and others across the country will come together at schools, community centers, parks, malls, state capitols and elsewhere on October 20 to participate in the 12th annual nationwide rally forafterschool. Since the Afterschool Alliance organized the first Lights On Afterschool in 2000, it has grown to include more than 7,500 events across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide. Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs.

A significant body of research demonstrates that students who attend afterschool
programs regularly are more likely to improve their grades, tests scores and overall academic behavior. More than 15 million school-age children – more than one in four kids in the United States – are unsupervised after the school day ends. The parents of 18 million children say they would enroll their kids in afterschool programs – if programs were available.