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Celebrating Lights On For Afterschool
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A proclamation commending the Riverbank Unified School Districts Project A.C.T.I.O.N Lights On campaign was presented at the City Councils Oct. 14 meeting. Accepting the certificate were, from left, Keenon Krick, Program/Grant Manager; Saul Garcia, Giselle Montelongo, and Mayor Richard OBrien. Lights On After School is a program of Afterschool Care Together in Our Neighborhoods, Project A.C.T.I.O.N., operated by the district. The citys proclamation designated Friday, Oct. 24 as Lights On After School Day in Riverbank, part of a national celebration of After School Programs that promote the critical importance of these programs to participating students, their families and their communities. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank Unified School District Project A.C.T.I.O.N. (Afterschool Care Together In Our Neighborhoods) will hold its “Lights On” Afterschool Event, Friday, Oct. 24.

There will be 7,500 rallies held nationwide aimed to make Afterschool Programs available to all students. This year Riverbank will host the Eighth Annual Community “Lights On” event on Oct. 24, as students in the Riverbank Project A.C.T.I.O.N. program will host a community event full of fun and engaging activities demonstrating the importance of after school opportunities for youth.

At this event, local elected officials, board members, advocates, as well as local/state organizations that champion out-of-school time programs, parents and community members are invited to rally support for youth. Riverbank USD has gone through significant reductions in funding with extended education programs and Lights On is an event that helps highlight the importance of extended education, and how important it is to the students, parents, teachers, community, and businesses.

Those invited to the Lights On event include Riverbank city council members, school board trustees, law enforcement officials, elected officials, student leaders, local business leaders, educators and others who will take part in the event from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. honoring extended education programs. The event will highlight three of the significant contributions that extended education programs make to Riverbank: keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and relieving working parents of worries about their children's activities during the afternoon hours. Hundreds of parents, supporters and community members are expected to attend.

For more information, contact Consuelo Magallon at (209) 869-0468 or email,, or Keenon Krick at (209) 480-0094 or email,

Project A.C.T.I.O.N. is celebrating 15 years of afterschool programs in Riverbank. Funded by an After School Education and Safety grant from the California Department of Education, it now serves over 450 students daily, providing homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, enrichment clubs, sports, healthy snacks, youth development and leadership opportunities, field trips, and more. The program proudly partners with local agencies and businesses.

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on Lights On Afterschool is available at