See full gallery of photos from the event on the PRR website.
Kids and parents partnered to make spooky paper spiders, decorate cookies and pin the bow tie on the skeleton at two recent Lights on Afterschool fall festivals aimed at celebrating afterschool programming.
Project Read and Reach, the district’s afterschool program for children in kindergarten through 4th grade, organized the fun for families who participate in the programs at Lincoln and Blackhurst Elementary Schools on Oct. 15 and 22.
Each October since 2000, the Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights on Afterschool events to highlight the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open for afterschool programs.
More than 30 community volunteers from St. Charles National Honor Society, OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits and the greater community volunteered to help make the two fall festivals a success. More than 40 families attended and participated in Halloween-themed activities including arts and crafts, face painting and carnival games.
The Optimist Club of St. Charles sponsored the event.
“The goal was just to bring families together,” said Chrissy Fitzpatrick, Project Read and Reach Coordinator. “We wanted to draw attention to the many ways PRR supports students and their families by providing a fun night for the entire family.”
Afterschool programs, like Project Read and Reach, provide students with a safe place to go after the school day ends, inspire kids to learn and relieve the worries of working parents.
Project Read and Reach serves about 70 students in the St. Charles District, 22 percent of which qualify for a discount based on family income. PRR is funded through tuition as well as state grants.
“After school programs provide a valuable extension to a child’s school day,” District Superintendent Jeff Marion said. “Many students need more academic support than can be provided during the regular school day and Project Read and Reach bridges that gap. We are so fortunate to have quality afterschool programming that is both fun and meaningful.”