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Wittenberg Center For Civic & Urban Engagement Joins Community For 11th Annual National Rally for Afterschool

October 21, 2010  
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Springfield, Ohio – One of the initiatives for the Center for Civic & Urban Engagement (CCUE) at Wittenberg University is Strengthening After School Programs. At 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, children, parents, business and community leaders will come together at a “Lights On Afterschool” rally at USA Roller Skating Center, 2340 Valley Loop Road, to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students.

Wittenberg’s Acting Provost and Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland will be on hand to present proclamations declaring Oct. 21 as “the day we commit our community to engage in innovative afterschool programs and activities that ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school.”

Co-chaired by Director of the CCUE Trish Garrison and Liz Hale of Forging Responsible Youth, it is one of 7,500 such events across the nation. Members of campus organizations WUSEA and Alph Lambda Delta will assist with the activities. Funds for the event were provided through 21st Century Grant through the Ohio Department of Education.

Wittenberg’s grant to strengthen afterschool programs is through the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, which is a national sponsor of Lights on Afterschool.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Founding Chair of “Lights On Afterschool,” a position he has held since 2001. The program is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization that works to ensure all children have access to quality afterschool programs.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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