Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Afterschool programs help children “shine and grow.” That is the message of this year’s poster to promote Lights On Afterschool, the only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. The poster was designed by 10-year-old Rosanie Cazeau, who attends the Children of Promise, NYC afterschool program in Brooklyn. Cazeau’s poster features a tree with leaves that represent many of the activities afterschool programs offer, including: study, play outside, paint, draw, write, math, music, healthy snacks, gym, feel safe, and have fun.
Cazeau’s artwork was selected from thousands of submissions. In addition to having her drawing featured on the official 2013 Lights On Afterschool poster, which will be displayed at thousands of rallies around the country, she will receive a $500 gift certificate from Discount School Supply.
“We are so proud of Rosanie,” said Monique Newton, vice president of programs for Children of Promise, NYC. “She worked a long time on her drawing and we feel that it is a wonderful representation of the comprehensive activities we offer the students in our program. It’s an honor to have her art used for this national event.”
The poster will be used by afterschool programs across the country and on military bases overseas to promote their Lights On Afterschool events this October. This is the 14th year for Lights On Afterschool, and more than a million people are expected to participate in more than 8,000 events.
“I’m very excited to have my artwork seen by people all across the country,” said Cazeau. “My brothers and I really enjoy our afterschool program and I like being able to share how much we learn and all the great things that afterschool programs do for kids like us.”
The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the myriad ways afterschool programs benefit students by offering them opportunities to learn new things – such as robotics, Tae Kwon Do and art – and discover new skills. The events give youth a chance to showcase the skills they learn and talents they develop at their afterschool programs, and to send the message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.
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The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.