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Local Leaders Host Celebration To Highlight Importance Of After-School Programs

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

Helping our children grow doesn't stop once the school bell rings at the end of the day. 

Which is why United Way of Broome County hosted an event on Wednesday celebrating the importance of after-school programs in the community. 

Local families spent part of their afternoon at the Lee Barta Community Center where they had a chance to learn more about expanded learning opportunities in their community while also enjoying music, food, and crafts. 

The "Lights On Afterschool" event also served to highlight the importance of the resources needed to fund these programs. 

"To have a place after school where kids can call their own, they can feel safe, it enables working families to feel comfortable knowing their children are in a safe place, a learning environment that they can enjoy, on a daily basis. I think that's what helps young families grow in our country," said Kevin McManus, Broome County Deputy Executive. 

According to Binghamton Mayor Rich David, after-school programs are expanding in the area. 

For more information about Lights On Afterschool or about after-school programs in general, you can visit www.afterschoolalliance.org