MVSD Schools THINK Together Programs Participate in Nationwide “Lights On Afterschool” Celebration
by Michele Earle
October 24, 2013 • 674 views
The THINK Together programs at several schools in the Mountain View School District joined more than 7,500 communities, and 1 million Americans nationwide to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, an annual event calling attention to the importance of afterschool programs for youth, families, and communities.
At La Primaria School the Lights On Celebration featured an art show of student work. Believing that there is no stronger form of expression than art, the THINK together staff at La Primaria have been teaching students about different art styles from various time periods. Students have been busy applying the artistic methods they’ve learned to create amazing pieces of art. Family members and students enjoyed browsing through the art gallery which featured beautiful American Flags created using dot art and super hero portraits reflecting the expressionism style of art.
“The students have enjoyed exploring art,” said Hector Martinez, La Primaria’s THINK Together coordinator. “We theme the artwork so that they can apply it to real life thoughts and actions.”
Students at Monte Vista School showcased their talents in a special Lights On Talent Show. Taking the stage to dance, sing or share a joke, the THINK Together group had a great time.
At Payne and Miramonte Schools they took to the kitchen for some culinary fun and cooked up healthy empanadas and other healthy appetizers.
A project of the Afterschool Alliance, the Lights On Afterschool Celebration is in its 14th year and is dedicated to ensuring all children have access to quality, affordable, extended learning time programs.
The THINK Together after school program is at all 12 Mountain View School District Schools and the Magnolia Learning Center and offers academically oriented extended learning time programs during the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The afterschool programs run by THINK Together not only provide a safe environment for students, but they also use evidence-based strategies to improve students’ personal and social development. This approach offers several benefits for students, including improvement in both social and academic skills, which in turn builds self-esteem.