BASE Lights on After School Celebration!

Last Thursday, BASE joined the After School Alliance & 1 million people across the United States to celebrate Lights on Afterschool- a showcase of the importance and power of out of school time programs. We are proud to be one of the 10,000 events hosted across the country to highlight all the powerful things happening during the critical hours school is out. BASE knows the important role we play in making sure kids have the building blocks they need to be successful and are committed to providing quality out of school time programs to kids in our community!

Scroll down & check out pictures from our Family STEM Night

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The event included 4 STEM stations with activities, Lights of Afterschool coloring activities & KIND bar snacks, BASE information and membership packets for the 2019-2020 after school program and a taco bar for all those who attended. The event was free & open to the public. We welcomed 104 BASE kids & their families and many community members.

Kids investigated the different properties of liquids at our science station, engineered a parachute and tested it’s effectiveness through test trials, played fun math games, took the technology quiz, talked with STEM/business professionals about STEM careers and skills, and talked to BASE staff members about joining BASE this school year.

Thank you to Nasco, Spacesaver, Amanda Wallace & Ben Knowles for helping us out with this event!

Know the Facts: National Statistics About After School

  • The parents of 19.4 million children (41%) would send their child to an afterschool program—if one were available.

  • Afterschool programs save at least three tax dollars for every one spent by reducing the need for remedial education and grade repetition as well as keeping kids safe and out of trouble.

  • 9 in 10 Americans think afterschool programs are important.

  • 8 in 10 parents (83 percent) support public funding for afterschool programs and want to see all levels of government to commit funding.

  • Nationwide, nearly 5 million children in grades K-8 regularly care for themselves.

  • Today, less than one-fourth of American families fit the “traditional” image of one parent at home caring for children full time, while the other parent provides financial support. In fact, 77 percent of mothers with school-age children are employed.

  • The gap between work and school schedules can amount to as much as 25 hours per week.

We can’t afford not to invest in afterschool programs.

The bottom line is this: afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help America’s working families. The realities of today’s working world make afterschool programs an absolute necessity. 

Source: After School Alliance

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