October 18 was national Lights On Afterschool day, which highlighted the need for proper afterschool care and its benefits.
“A lot of times it gives them opportunities to be social, a lot of times they can be creative. For the parents it’s providing a safe and secure location for their children where they can come and pick them up after their workday. So here they can get their homework done, they can have a snack and when their parents pick them up, they’re ready for their next activity,” said the site director of Champions at River Woods Elementary, Jane Warfel.
The Champions afterschool program at District 203’s River Woods Elementary celebrated by inviting State Representative Grant Wehrli to visit.
Representative Wehrli answered questions about government, played games and even made paper airplanes.
The students also crafted artwork for the day, focusing on what they enjoy about Champions.
It is estimated that over 10 million students nationwide participate in afterschool programs.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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