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October 17, 2013

Boys & Girls Club open house slated for tonight

Start time changed to 5:30 p.m.

GREENVILLE — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas will conduct an open house today at two of their club locations, as part of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide rally for afterschool programs that is expected to include some 7,500 events this year.

 In all, one million Americans are expected to join in events across the country to draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs.

 At the event, parents and supporters will sign a new petition that urges lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas Lights On Afterschool events will be held from 5:30 to 7"30 p.m. at the Reecy Davis Recreation Center 4320 Lee Street, in Greenville, and at the A.C. Williams Elementary School 615 Culver Street, in Commerce.

Come experience first-hand what activities the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas is providing the youth of Hunt County. Club kids will showcase their talents for art, dance and technology by providing participants with musical performances, dance performances, Claymation demonstrations and a Halloween Baseball drug prevention exercise lead by Officer Chris McCaslin.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas currently serves 1,300 youth in Hunt County, providing them a safe place to go after the school day ends. More than 900 are members of the Boys & Girls Club and another 400 a year participate in outreach events and programs.

 Many of our members are at risk ofdropping out or failing school, getting in trouble with the law, or failing to develop a positive self-image.

The Clubs offer solutions to these problems with targeted programs that result in members exhibiting academic success, better character and citizenship, and living healthier lifestyles.

All community membersare invited to attend.

For further information about the event, contact Jenny Krueger at 903-455-9233 / jsmith@begreatnext.org.



For more information about Lights On Afterschool or about afterschool programs in general, visit www.afterschoolalliance.org. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. According to data from the Afterschool Alliance, 15.1 million children are without adult supervision in the afternoon hours.

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