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Students celebrate afterschool programs in national event

Nikolet Rurik, a sixth grader at Nelson Elementary, stacks chocolate donuts on her forehead during a Lights On Afterschool competition called Chocolate Unicorn.
Nikolet Rurik, a sixth grader at Nelson Elementary, stacks chocolate donuts on her forehead during a Lights On Afterschool competition called Chocolate Unicorn. Farin Montañez/The Clovis Independent

In the multipurpose room at Alta Sierra Intermediate, kids took to the stage to stick gummy bears to their faces, stack chocolate donuts on their foreheads to resemble unicorns and stick Post-It notes on each other in “minute to win it” style games.

It was part of the 16th annual nationwide Lights On Afterschool event on Oct. 21, which celebrates afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

“This is our opportunity to spotlight and give a powerful reminder that afterschool programs keep

children safe, inspire them to learn and relieve working parents of worries about how their children spend their afternoons,” said CUSD Campus Club program coordinator Julie Richardson.

Clovis Unified School District has two afterschool programs: Campus Club, which provides indoor enrichment activities, games, outside play and homework stations for a fee; and After School Education and Safety, or ASES, which is an expansion of the regular school day, offering literacy and academic enrichments at no cost.

The hour-long rally included students, staff, school administration and parents from about 30 Campus Club and ASES sites. Some of the 400 students read poems and gave speeches about what their afterschool programs mean to them.

Liana Cazares, a fifth grade student at Weldon Elementary, said the ASES staff helps her get ahead in school.

“What I like about ASES is they always help you with your homework no matter what problem and how hard it is,” she said. “They will always keep you company and you can always have fun with your friends but yet you’ll still be focused on your work. I like ASES because of how quiet it is when I do my homework and the times you can stay and go.”

Rachel Aujero, a Dry Creek Elementary student, recited a speech about Campus Club.

“At Campus Club I get to do many fun activities like art, music and sports,” she said. “From 7 o’ clock in the morning to 6 at night, they are making sure every kid gets home safely and is having fun. Campus Club is a place of fun and to make great memories. I will always love going to Campus Club.”

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