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Lights On After School Celebrated By RUSD
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‘Crazy Hair’ was the name of one of the booths at the Lights On After School event held at California Avenue School on Oct 20. Riverbank High student helpers sprayed hair color on students willing to participate, being sure to block the spray from their faces. Bright multi-colored hair styles were the result. Ric McGinnis/The News

The Riverbank Unified School District celebrated its after school programs along with students and their parents on Friday, Oct. 20, on the campus of California Avenue School.

At its Tuesday, Oct. 10 meeting, the Riverbank City Council recognized the coming event with a proclamation presented to RUSD Superintendent Dr. Constantino Aguilar.

The proclamation recognized the district’s Project A.C.T.I.O.N., After school Care Together In Our Neighborhoods as a fundamental program “dedicated to providing extracurricular academic and recreational opportunities for student enrichment in a safe and nurturing environment so students may become diverse individuals.”

The council noted that the program offers many extracurricular opportunities for student enrichment including science, arts, physical activity, and community service. “In addition, after school programs provide a safe and nurturing environment for students to remain in, while awaiting parents or caregivers to come pick them up at the end of the day,” the proclamation continued.

The District’s A.C.T.I.O.N. organization was participating in the 24th annual national Lights On event.

All around the campus, students and some parents got to participate in activity booths presented by community organizations on the California Avenue School playground, in addition to games hosted by students from Riverbank High School.

There were ball games, a number of corn hole locations, hair painting and much more.

Several special guests also stopped by, including representatives of local law enforcement and first responder agencies, meeting with the students in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

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Firefighters from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District brought an engine onto the campus of California Avenue School on Friday afternoon to participate in the Lights On After School event. Members of other community organizations were also on hand, providing information and goodies for students and their parents in the Riverbank Unified School District. Ric McGinnis/The News
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In addition to games and other activities for Riverbank students and their families, Friday’s Lights On After School event on Oct. 20 featured information booths presented by organizations across the area. Some provided informational materials while others made available fun activities for the youngsters. Ric McGinnis/The News
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One of the many play activities at last Friday’s Lights On After School event, basketball pong, drew the attention of lots of players through the afternoon. Held on the pavement of the California Avenue School grounds, the idea was to sink a basketball shot into one of the paint buckets set up in a triangle. Ric McGinnis/The News