Lights on After School

After-school programs celebrated at Baldwin Community Schools

BALDWIN—A festive atmosphere permeated the Baldwin Elementary cafeteria and gymnasium, Thursday, Oct. 27, as a number of students and their families snacked on pizza and listened to speeches given on the importance of after-school programs. The students then checked out stations set up in the gym, including a bouncy house, a balloon craft, snack tables and more. 

Lights on After School is a state-wide rally to stress the importance of after-school programs, according to Katena Abraham, site leader for the Project Focus after-school program at Baldwin Community Schools.  

State Darwin Booher, R-Evart, addressed the students. 

“We take education very seriously,” he said. “And the after-school programs are one of the ways to help our students to succeed—to continue their education even after the final bell rings.”

State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo,  asked the kids, “How many of you kids like coming here after school and having a good time and getting your homework done? Raise your hands.”

Many hands shot up among the students. 

“That’s what it is all about,” said Bumstead. “These after-school programs make sure kids have a place to go while their parents could be working or shopping.

Kids can get their homework done in a safe environment where they are learning, working together and making friendships. This is especially important in a rural community. We need to find a way to keep funding these programs. You have great support from the school board and Superintendent Simmons.”