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“Lights On” Rally spotlights importance of after-school programs
“Lights On” Rally spotlights importance of after-school programs


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. – Fayette County is participating in the national Lights on Afterschool Rally which is sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, a program of which the Fayette County Public School System is a member.

The Afterschool Alliance is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality and affordable afterschool programs.  To celebrate this event, students around Fayette County colored and sold paper light bulbs to support the Woodward Fund, an ASP scholarship program to help qualified families with tuition costs.

Using the slogan, “When the buses are gone, our lights stay on,” students made light switch covers and placed them in strategic areas of all elementary school buildings where ASP programs operate daily from the end of school until 6:30 p.m.

Many parents utilize ASP as a necessity; however, other parents look at it as an extension of their child’s education.

“Everyday I have a choice: do I pick my son up right after school or do I let him stay in ASP? Everyday he stays in ASP. As a parent I love that he completes his homework. I also love his fun and various activities. I choose for him to be in ASP daily as I consider it a fun and essential part of his education and socialization,” says Richard Overholt, parent and former teacher.