'Lights On After School' set for Oct. 17

'Lights On After School' set for Oct. 17

DANVILLE — Project Success of Vermilion County Inc. will hold a "Lights On After School" celebration on Oct. 17 at Kennekuk County Park.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the White Oak Barn at the county park, 22296 Henning Road, Danville.

It is free and open to students in the organization's after-school programs, their families, school officials and community partners.

The guest speaker is DaJuan Gouard, Danville Area Community College's men's basketball coach. He will speak to students about doing their best.

Student artwork from the Presence United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation's I Sing the Body Electric program will be on display. Students also can participate in various competitions, including Minute To Win It-style competitions and a karaoke contest.

Chili and caramel apples will be served.

The 14th annual "Lights On After School" is a nationwide celebration of after-school programs. Project Success will be one of more than 9,000 sites joining in the event and "sending the message that after-school is key to children's success."

Project Success runs after-school programs at the Danville Family YMCA, the Danville Housing Authority, the Hoopeston Multi-Agency, Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School, Judith Giacoma Elementary School, Mary Miller Junior High School and Westville High School.

The programs are funded through 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Teen REACH grants and other community supports.

Officials said after-school programs support working families "by ensuring that children are safe and productive when the school day ends; make communities stronger by involving students, parents, business leaders and volunteers; and give students the opportunity to discover hidden talents as they grow academically and socially."

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