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Newton County School System becomes a National Supporting Organization, Joining the Afterschool Alliance in Sponsoring Thousands of Afterschool Rallies on October 18

Deena Sams, District Coordinator for Newton County Schools After School Academic Program (ASAP), today announced that the they will partner with the Afterschool Alliance and dozens of other state and national organizations on October 18 in organizing more than 7,500 activities around the country in support of afterschool programs. The thirteenth annual Lights On Afterschool will be the largest nationwide rally for afterschool ever held.

“We are delighted to join other organizations around the country in sending a powerful message about the urgent need for afterschool program,” said Sams. “We’ve arrived at a critical junction. The unmet need for afterschool programs is enormous, and funding is tight. Too many afterschool programs have been forced to cut hours or close entirely because of federal, state, and local budget cuts. With Lights On Afterschool, Americans are saying they want the lights on after school for our kids.”

Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant welcomes Newton County’s support. “We’re grateful to be partnering with Newton County Schools. They have a proven track record of supporting afterschool programs, and they make Lights On Afterschool even stronger. We share with Newton County Schools the conviction that afterschool programs are essential because they inspire children to learn, keep kids safe, and help working families. On October 18th, we’ll join with thousands of other organizations and more than a million Americans in speaking out for afterschool programs.”

The following schools will have local celebrations:

• Veterans Memorial
• Cousins
• South Salem
• Live Oak
• Newton High
• Indian Creek

For more information, contact Ms. Deena Sams at or 678-342-5949.