The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and Gompers Preparatory Academy participated in “Lights On Afterschool” yesterday. The
event was part of a nationwide day of celebration highlighting the value and
impact after school programs have in the lives of students, families, and
More than 200 students participated in the after school
event at Gompers. The day began with an after school program showcase that
included student dance routines, cheerleading, delivering poems, and playing
music. The students also demonstrated after school clubs such as soccer,
volleyball, chess, science, hockey, cooking, and drumming.
“After school programs help kids stay safe, stay engaged in
school, and foster interests that will last well into adulthood,” said Dr.
Randy Ward, county superintendent of schools. “A well-rounded child is a
successful child, and today these kids showed that after school program are
needed and working in communities across the county.”
Extended learning programs in San Diego County provide
support to students in 358 schools. These K-12 programs serve over 35,000
students every day after school. These programs are keeping students safe in
the critical after school hours, improving academic achievement, and helping
In September of this year, SDCOE was awarded more than $41
million from the California Department of Education to support the
implementation of 21st Century After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens
programs. The 5-year grant focuses on academic assistance, enrichment, and
family literacy and educational services intended to increase positive outcomes
for high school students during after school hours.
Studies have shown that regular participation in
high-quality after school programs is linked to gains in student achievement,
increased regular-day attendance, a reduction in behavior problems, and
increased graduation rates.