Fairfax County Events Held to Celebrate Lights on Afterschool!
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
Oct. 8, 2004
Fairfax County Events Held to Celebrate
Lights on Afterschool!
For the first time, Fairfax County is participating in Lights On
Afterschool!, a national event celebrating afterschool programs and the
positive impact they make in the lives of children and their
In support of this effort, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly said, “Fairfax County is firmly committed to quality afterschool programs and activities for youth. Not only do these programs provide safe, challenging, engaging and fun learning experiences to help children develop their emotional and academic skills, but they also support working families by ensuring that their children are safe and productive after the regular school day.”
Statistics show that children who are engaged in quality afterschool programming are more likely to do better in school and are less likely to get involved in at-risk behavior that can lead to criminal involvement. According to an October 2000 article in Education Week, a 17-year study that followed 1,800 sixth-graders in ten Michigan schools through high school and college demonstrated that students who participate in extracurricular activities have better grades, feel greater attachment to school, have lower truancy rates and reach higher levels of achievement in college.
By giving children positive activities from 3 to 6 p.m., during the peak hours for teen crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex, afterschool programs help to keep kids and their communities safer.
Lights On Afterschool! is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs by 2010. Lights On Afterschool! began in October 2000 with celebrations in more than 1,200 communities. This year, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, more than 6,000 communities nationwide will rally for afterschool programs by participating in the fifth anniversary of Lights On Afterschool!. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is serving as chair of Lights On Afterschool!, a role he first embraced in 2001.
In Fairfax County, a variety of sites will be sponsoring Lights On
Afterschool! programs. All Fairfax County Office of Partnerships’
Computer Learning Center Partnership sites and all Department of
Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Community Centers are hosting
events from 4 – 6 p.m. Other featured sites include:
Braddock District: Poe Middle School 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
7000 Cindy Lane, Annandale
Dranesville District: McLean Teen Center 3 - 4 p.m.
(Old Firehouse, Cooper/Longfellow MS)
1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
Hunter Mill District: Reston Teen Center 3 - 6 p.m.
12196 Sunset Hills Drive (CRS program in the Reston YMCA)
Lee District: Mt. Vernon Woods CLCP (in the Mount Vernon Woods
Elementary School) 4 - 6 p.m.
4015 Fielding Street, Alexandria
Mason District: Holmes Middle School Afterschool Program and Club 78
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
6525 Montrose Street, Alexandria
Mount Vernon District: South County Teen Center 3 - 6 p.m.
8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria
Providence District: Luther Jackson Middle School 2:50 - 4 p.m.
3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church
Springfield District: Irving Middle School 3 - 4:20 p.m.
8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield
Sully District: Virginia Run School Age Child Care (SACC) 4 - 6
15450 Martins Hundred Drive, Centreville
For more information about Fairfax County’s participation in Lights On Afterschool!, contact Karen Fuentes, CLCP program manager at 703-324-5176, TTY 711 or Mark Emery, afterschool coordinator, Fairfax County Public Schools at 703-246-6740, TTY 711.