The Henry County School System is teaming up with the Paris Parks and Recreation Department to support afterschool programs with a Lights On Afterschool initiative.

In an effort to emphasize the importance of afterschool programs at Henry County schools, the Eiffel Tower replica at Eiffel Tower Park will be lit up in blue and yellow colors on Thursday.

“It’s our hope that everyone learns that afterschool programs are an important component to keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families as we navigate during this school year. The Lights On Afterschool event shines a national spotlight on their importance,” said Susan Burton, director of federal programs, day care and public relations for the county schools.

The Patriot eXtra Learning (XL) programs at Henry County High School and Grove School and the Kids’ Corner programs at Harrelson, Henry and Lakewood schools will be doing activities this week to raise awareness of the significance of the afterschool programs in the community.

“Our students have been making trail mix in the cooking class and we are planning to create some wood block pumpkins to display in the front of the school. When parents and visitors come by, they’ll see the artwork and remember to support afterschool programs,” said Dave Huber, Patriot XL director for HCHS.

Lights On Afterschool was started by the nonprofit organization Afterschool Alliance in October 2000. The program strives to ensure that students have access to affordable and quality afterschool programs.

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