October 23, 2014: Lights on After School

WHEREAS, after school programs provide safe, challenging, and engaging learning experiences that help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills and;

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan 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 afterschool programs are key to helping our children become successful adults, and;

WHEREAS, Lights On Afterschool, the national celebration of afterschool programs held this year on October 23, 2014, promotes the importance of quality afterschool 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 afterschool 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 Michigan 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, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 23, 2014 as Lights On Afterschool Day.