WHEREAS, the citizens of the state of Alabama stand firmly committed to quality after-school programs and opportunities because they:
- Provide safe, challenging, and engaging learning experiences that help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills.
- Support working families by ensuring their children are safe and productive after the regular school day ends.
- Build stronger communities by involving students, parents, business leaders, and adult volunteers in the lives of young people, thereby promoting positive relationships among youth, families, and adults
- Engage families, schools, and community partners in advancing the welfare of our children.
WHEREAS, the state of Alabama has provided significant leadership in the area of community involvement in the education and well-being of our youth, grounded in the principle that quality after-school programs are key to helping our children become
successful adults; and
WHEREAS, Lights On Afterschool, the national celebration of after-school programs held this year on October 18, 2012, promotes the importance of quality
after-school programs in the lives of children, families, and communities; and
WHEREAS, more than 28 million children in the U.S. have parents who work outside the home, and 15.1 million children have no place to go after school; and
WHEREAS, many after-school programs across the country are facing funding shortfalls so severe that they are being forced to close their doors and turn off their lights; and
WHEREAS, the state of Alabama is committed to investing in the health and safety of all young people by providing expanded learning opportunities that will help close the achievement gap and prepare young people to compete in the global economy:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby support October 18, 2012, as "Lights On Afterschool Day."
Done this 11th day of October 2012