"Lights On After School" Program Brings Awareness to Landis School

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The "Lights On After School" initiative, a program for schools across the country to bring awareness to their after-school activities, was held recently at Landis School in Vineland.
"This is a national event held annually to bring awareness to the importance of afterschool programs and received tremendous support from our staff, parents, students and community agencies," said spokesperson Esther Rodriguez. "I would like to thank the 21st Century parents for their unconditional support to our program and for allowing their children to broaden their horizons with all the enrichment activities. This program means a lot to me because along with the staff, we are able to help with academics, encourage students to try new things, and make a difference in a child's life."
About 200 parents, students and family members attended the event, among the participants were: Vineland Public Schools administration and Landis School staff; Cumberland Empowerment Zone; Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office; Cumberland County Juvenile Justice Commission; Inspira Garden Area Health Education Center (AHEC); Boys and Girls Club; Center for Family Services-SERV;  Cumberland County SODAT-Strengthening Families; Vineland Health Department; Vineland Police Department/Vineland Police Athletic League; Gateway Community Action Partnership; Vineland Public Library; Vineland Fire Station #6; and Back to Chiropractic & Wellness Center.
"We are also grateful to every agency that participated and/or generously donated to the program and we look forward to celebrating again next October,"  Said Rodriguez.
Landis was one of more than 7,500 sites across the country that is helping bring the attention to the importance of after school programs.
"Quality after school programs obviously make communities stronger by involving students, parents, business leaders and volunteers," said Rodriguez.  "They provide safety for our children when the school day ends and they also give children the opportunity to discover hidden talents while growing academically and socially."
 
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