October 20th was an exceptionally bright day for afterschool programs across the nation. "Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities."
Our children and families here at the Cranston Extended Learning Centers shared our part in this great event. We kicked off our event with our 2nd annual Cancer Survivor Walk, raising over $1,000 for the cancer survivors of St. Jude Children's Hospital!
Our celebrations continued with bounce house fun provided by Space Walk Bounce House and delicious hot dogs and hamburgers from our partnership and friends from Aramark.
We would like to give a special thank you and shout out to:
Aida Crosson from Senator Whitehouses office
21st Century RI Director Jan Mermin
Joseph Morra from United Way
local celebrity boxer and Gladstone Alum Gary Balletto
Lindsay, Andy and the Armadillo from Texas Roadhouse
Tricia Wright from Aramark
Susan Buonanno, Principal of Gladstone Elementary School
Jeff Taylor, Principal of Hugh B. Bain Middle School
Domenic Fusco Jr. and Jeffrey Gail the from Cranston School Committee
Derek Nelson from Space Walk of Southern New England
Caitlyn Blankenship, Cranston Extended Learning Centers, Assistant Site Coordinator for organizing this event
For further information about our Lights On Afterschool event check out the article in the posted Cranston Herold!