Massena Boys and Girls Club to participate in nationwide celebration of afterschool programs
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:34 am

Above are “Fits” similar to what Boys and Girls Club of Massena club members will make Oct. 22.

MASSENA -- The Boys and Girls Club of Massena will participate in a nationwide celebration of U.S. afterschool programs.

On Oct. 22 as part of the 16th “Lights on Afterschool” day, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Brailsford will teach club kids how to create “Fits.”

They are yarn pom pom creatures that help children handle their emotions.

More than 8,000 afterschool programs nationwide will do various activities that day, including rallies, science fairs, fun runs, student performances, community service events, sports competitions and open houses, according to the B&GC.

The New York skyline will shine for afterschool that evening when, for the ninth consecutive year, the Empire State Building is lit up in yellow to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, the B&GC said.

“Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool Alliance to underscore the need to invest in afterschool programs, which provide homework help, healthy snacks, mentoring, physical fitness, robotics, computer programming, community service opportunities, art and music, joband college-readiness, and countless opportunities for hands-on learning,” the club said in a prepared statement.