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LEARN To Host Local “Lights On Afterschool!” Celebrations at Area Schools

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By Anne Donofrio-Holter

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By Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte, CA —In an effort to increase awareness of the benefits and effectiveness of afterschool programs in local schools, LEARN (Learning, Enrichment & Academic Resources Network) has selected Gidley Elementary, Columbia Elementary and Wilkerson Elementary Schools in El Monte, El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, Pioneer High School in Whittier and Bassett High School in La Puente to showcase its afterschool programs during the 13th annual national “Lights On Afterschool!” celebration to be held October 18, 2012

LEARN provides quality afterschool services that focus on homework assistance, academic and

extra-curricular enrichment and recreation for grades K through 12 within the communities of Whittier, Pico Rivera, El Monte and La Puente.  The event emphasizes the need to save afterschool programs from budget cuts, thereby keeping lights on and doors open after the official end of the school day.

“It’s important for the community to see the work that is being done in our afterschool programs.  From kindergarten to high school, our youth are engaged in recreational, academic and enrichment activities.” said LEARN CEO Robert Arellanes.  “Our recreation program helps supplement organized league play where many municipalities no longer have funding to maintain city leagues.  Our academic assistance focuses on homework tutorials to bridge the gap for those who may not fully understand a lesson or an assignment.  Finally, our enrichment activities range from theater arts to urban art, debate, film making, leadership training and even college access and high school equivalency classes.”

Those in attendance at each school site, including parents, will have an opportunity to meet LEARN and school staff working for and with the organization, learn about enrichment programs, clubs and afterschool activities students can participate in at each school site as well as programs currently going on at neighboring districts.

“Lights On Afterschool!” is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization supported by a group of public, private, and nonprofit entities working to ensure that all children have access to afterschool programs.  Since launching in 2000, more than 7,500 communities and one million Americans have rallied together to keep kids safe, help working families, and inspire learning.

For additional information and time scheduled for each school site, contact Steve Chang at (562) 945-0150 x104 or

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
LEARN To Host Local “Lights On Afterschool!” Celebrations at Area Schools