|For Immediate Release: 10/17/2011|
Montgomery County Proclaims October 20 as Lights On Afterschool Day
County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Council President Valerie Ervin will proclaim October 20 as “Lights On Afterschool Day” in Montgomery County to bring attention to the importance of safe, quality afterschool programs for students. Leggett and Ervin will join students, parents, school officials and community partners when they present the proclamation at an event on October 20 at Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring.
Montgomery County Recreation, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families will showcase their new, collaborative Excel Beyond the Bell afterschool programs as part of Lights On Afterschool Day.
“We are very proud of our partnership with MCPS and the Collaboration Council that helps to keep kids safe and inspires learning,” said Recreation Director Gabe Albornoz. “This collaboration ensures that students have the extra enrichment they need in a safe, nurturing environment after the academic school day ends.”
The community is invited to visit one of the following afterschool programs that are being offered at four schools and to see first hand an afterschool model that includes a hot supper, bus transportation and professional development training for youth workers:
• Thursday, October 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. – Strathmore Elementary School, 3200 Beaverwood La., Silver Spring. At 5 p.m., there will be a program with refreshments served.
• Thursday, October 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Mario Loiederman Middle School, 12701 Goodhill Rd., Silver Spring. At 5:15 p.m., there will be a short program and Leggett and Ervin will present the proclamation.
• Monday, October 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. – Argyle Middle School, 2400 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring.
• Thursday, October 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. – Roberto Clemente Middle School, 18808 Waring Station Rd., Germantown.
For more information about these events, contact Judy Stiles at Montgomery County Recreation at.