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Lights On After School Day

Oct 26, 2023

WHEREAS, the health, safety, and education of all Alaska’s children is essential to the happiness, success, and well-being of Alaska’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, Alaska’s youth can have enriched academic experiences when they are offered diverse opportunities that fit their specific educational needs; and

WHEREAS, quality afterschool programs provide safe, challenging, and engaging learning experiences that help youth develop social, emotional, physical, and academic skills; and

WHEREAS, afterschool programs also help build stronger communities, support working families, advance child welfare, increase youth resilience, and prevent substance abuse; and

WHEREAS, Alaska ranks among the top 10 states for afterschool programming, improving its national standing from 46th in 2009 to 4th in 2020; and

WHEREAS, on October 26, 2023, communities across the State and nation will celebrate the 24rd annual Lights On After School, and recognize the importance of quality afterschool programs in children, families, and our nation; and

WHEREAS, the State of Alaska is committed to investing in the health and safety of all young people by providing expanded educational opportunities to help them learn and grow, and prepare young people to compete in the global economy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 26, 2023 as:

Lights On After School Day

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to support innovative and educational afterschool programs and activities in their communities, and to consider volunteering their time and skills to ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for children after school.

Dated: October 26, 2023