October 29, 2013 > Tri-Cities celebrate Lights On Afterschool
Tri-Cities celebrate Lights On Afterschool
By Sara Giusti
As art, music, and after school enrichment programs have been cut across the nation, some people are fighting back, refusing to let young minds go to waste. Now in its 14th year, Lights On Afterschool is at the forefront of this creative revolution.
Started by the Washington, D.C.-based Afterschool Alliance and held on October 17th, Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide rally for all after school programs. Afterschool Alliance is a nonpartisan nonprofit working towards providing quality after school programs to all children. This year, Young Rembrandts-East Bay held their own Lights On Afterschool art contest, asking students to decorate a Lights On Afterschool lightbulb and answer, "How the Young Rembrandts Afterschool Enrichment Drawing classes have kept the Lights on Afterschool for them."
ÒMost schools donÕt have after school programs,Ó said Sadhna Sharma, Director of Young Rembrandts-East Bay. ÒThe Lights On Afterschool Art Contest brings light to the fact that after school enrichment programs are important.Ó
Out of over 600 entries, second grader Neha Panda of NewarkÕs James L. Bunker Elementary is Young RembrandtÕs Lights On Afterschool winner. NehaÕs winning statement was, ÒAfter [Young Rembrandts] class, I feel more interested and confident to draw because I understand drawing a little bit better. I also came to know about the artist Faith Ringgold and many other new things.Ó Neha won a gift basket full of drawing supplies such as markers, colored pencils, and sharpies, a giant Young Rembrandts pencil, a fun crayon-shaped thermos, and a full scholarship to a Young Rembrandts Enrichment Drawing session.
Fremont Young Rembrandt classes are held at the Fremont Community Center and many elementary schools: Ardenwood, Azevada, Forest Park, Gomes, Leitch, Mattos, Millard, Niles, Vallejo Mill, and Warm Springs. Newark classes are held at James L. Bunker, Kennedy, and Lincoln Elementary. Class times, age range, and prices vary.
To learn more about Young Rembrandts-East Bay, visit http://www.youngrembrandts.com/eastbay/ or call (925) 353-1704. For more about Lights On Afterschool, visit http://afterschoolalliance.org.