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October 22, 2012

October 18 Was Lights On After School Day

The Oswego County Legislature recently recognized Thursday, October 18 as National Lights On After School Day. This day celebrates the critical importance of afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities. Across the country, many of these programs are facing funding shortfalls that force them to close their doors and turn off their lights. Oswego County Opportunities' (OCO) Rural Afterschool Program (RASP) is based on the principle that quality afterschool programs are vital to help children become successful adults. Program advisors urge all citizens to support this mission to provide every child with a safe, engaging place to go where the lights are on after school. Program advisors from OCO and RASP were at hand for the presentation with the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee. Pictured from left are legislators Douglas Malone, District 20; Committee Vice Chairman Ronald Sakonyi, District 5; Amy Tresidder, District 16; James Karasek, District 22; Beth Kazel, director of education services at OCO; Sarah Irland, deputy executive director of OCO ; Committee Chairman John Proud, District 7; Laura Licatese, RASP Coordinator; ; Joe Caruana, president of the OCO Board of Directors; Eva Rivera, RASP program assistant; Michelle Mulholland, RASP senior youth specialist at the A.P.W. school district; Margaret Kastler, District 1; Terry Wilbur, District 21; and Morris Sorbello, District 23.

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