Spring Creek Afterschool Students Engage in Nationwide Lights On Program

20161020_164244BY: PAMELA STERN

One hundred of the students in the Spring Creek Afterschool program participated in “Lights On Afterschool.” This is the only nationwide event that showcases the afterschool programs along with and depicts the important roles that it plays in the lives of the children, their families and the community. Since the launch in October 2000, the Afterschool Alliance organized “Lights On Afterschool” to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, and poetry—and discover additional new skills. This event sends a powerful message that more kids need quality afterschool programs.

On October 20th, students who are in the Spring Creek Afterschool program at PS 346 showed their parents, and guardians some of the activities that they have been working on. The participants from kindergarten through fifth graders each had different activities that they worked on which explored the theme of Hispanic Heritage, which is this year’s focal point. There were twenty five parents that were able to come to this event. The parents and guardians were very impressed with the work that they children did. The kindergarteners and first graders showed off their creative skills by crafting authentic Latin masks. The second and third graders im-pressed parents with the flags that they made which represented the different Hispanic countries. The fourth and fifth graders were split into different groups. One group showed everyone how they pre-pared salads and fajitas using items from Spring Creek’s recrea-tional Fund’s (SCRF) Urban Garden Classroom (UGC) in addition to making a Latin Refresher drink and another group learned Hispanic dance routines, while the final group learned about Hispanic music and how to play the songs using instruments.

Spring Creek Afterschool Program Director Jeremy Williams said, “I find that it is such a joy to assist in the development of all of our students and allowing them multiple opportunities to explore their creative minds. It’s also a pleasure realizing all of the support that we get from our parents. This keeps them excited to be involved in this partnership process with the Afterschool.” Photos courtesy of: Spring Creek Afterschool Program