Families in Clinton rallied Tuesday to support afterschool programs, joining thousands of others across the United States in similar events this fall.
More than 500 area residents attended the 11th annual Lights On Afterschool event at Ashford University Field.
The event not only showcases the community’s support for afterschool programs, but it also serves as a kickoff for the Clinton School District’s yearly program, coordinator Loras Osterhaus said.
“The afterschool program started last week, and this brings attention to the program,” Osterhaus said. “This is a good family event for the community.”
Osterhaus worried earlier this week about possibly bad weather, but the sun shined throughout the event that featured speakers, musical acts and games.
The Clinton schools’ afterschool program opened in 2003, and now serves 200 to 250 children. Clinton currently has six afterschool sites including all elementary and middle school buildings.