Club Joins Lights On Afterschool Rally on Oct. 1

September 28 2015


Manhattan, Kan. – The Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan announced that the organization will be partnering with the Afterschool Alliance and dozens of other national organizations on Oct. 1, 2015 in organizing more than 7,500 rallies around the country in support of afterschool programs. The annual Lights On Afterschool will be the largest nationwide rally for afterschool ever held.

The Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan along with other after-school programs will be hosting their Lights On Afterschool event on Oct. 1, 2015 at the Blue Earth Plaza in downtown Manhattan. The event is from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and is free to the community. Various agencies across Manhattan, such as Girls on the Run, Home Baking Association, KinderCare, 4-H, Manhattan Arts Center, Pawnee Youth Rehabilitation Services, Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County Police Department, Manhattan Public Library, Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan and more will be in attendance. The Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan will be highlighting different afterschool programs and activities offered to families. Games and activities will be available for children.  They will even get to make their own pancake mix to take home. Information on the STEM and arts programs, tutoring and different recreational outlets put on by the Club will also be provided.

Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant welcomes the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan and the community’s support. “We’re grateful for all of our Lights On Afterschool partners and for the work they do on behalf of afterschool programs and the kids who attend them. Their support makes the messages of Lights On Afterschool all the more compelling. We share their conviction that afterschool programs are essential because they inspire children to learn, keep them safe and help working families. Together, we’ll join together with thousands of other organizations and more than one million Americans in speaking out for afterschool programs in the month of October.”

Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in more than 1,200 communities nationwide. The event grew in 2001 to over 3,600 and more than 7,500 events in 2008. This October, more than one million Americans will celebrate Lights On Afterschool across the United States.

Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at

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