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Lights On Afterschool! Coming to Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - October 8 , 2004 - Next week, hundreds of thousands of children across America will join their parents, educators, and community and business leaders to rally in support of the after-school programs that keep kids safe, improve academic achievement, and help working families.

The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services After-school Program will be hosting Lights On Afterschool! on Thursday, October 14 at 5 pm, at Taft Elementary School, 903 10th Avenue, in Redwood City. The event will feature music, science experiments, and other activities by students in the after-school programs.

Nationally, Lights On Afterschool! Is sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, with support from National Presenting Sponsor, the JCPenney Afterschool Fund. More than 5,000 sites across the country will participate this year, and the event will emphasize the need to save our after-school programs from budget cuts, thus keeping the lights on and the doors open after-school. The rallies will warn of the harm that budget tightening is having on after-school opportunities-forcing some programs to cut back on services or even close the doors.

Redwood City parents, concerned citizens, community groups, political leaders, health and social services agencies, business and religious groups are invited to join in the rally in support of after-school programs. For more information on Lights ON Afterschool! and the Afterschool Alliance, go to

The Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies building and custodial services for City buildings. In addition, Redwood City Parks provides the facilities for social, educational, and cultural activities at the Fair Oaks Community Center, which offers information, referral, and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is located at

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.


Contact: Adilah Haqq
Redwood City Parks
(650) 780-7315



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