On October 20, 2016, after school programs across the country celebrated National Lights on After School Day.

In commemoration of the event, the COMPASS program at Burns Latino Studies Academy hosted a student + community basketball game. Members of the Hartford Police Department, Fire Department, and players from AETNA joined the COMPASS kids on the basketball floor. COMPASS CEO Robert Pawloski served as head referee; it was a very fun (and extremely close!) win for the blue team.

This was more than a game – it was a way to highlight a pressing need in our country. Too many kids (19.4 million, by estimates from the After School Alliance) miss out on quality afterschool programs. For the students that do attend, their participation makes a difference: they receive valuable time with caring mentors, explore their interests through a variety of enrichments, and meet their daily nutritional needs through snack and dinner programs.

National Lights on After School: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/loa.cfm

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