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 Valley Center-Pauma is Featured “Lights On Afterschool” District

San Diego County Office of Education Honors District for High-Quality Program

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) announced that Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District is the county's 2016 featured Lights On Afterschool district for its exemplary expanded learning programs.

The honor recognizes the high-quality, before- and after-school programs operated at Valley Center High School, Oak Glen Alternative High School, and Pauma School for nearly 250 students.

"The County Office applauds the district's efforts to support their students with expanded learning environments that meet the needs of the whole child with support for academics as well as social, emotional, and physical needs," said Deb Pint, expanded learning project specialist at SDCOE.

SDCOE partners with school districts and charter schools across the county in the implementation of the High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) grant and the After School Education and Safety (ASES) program. It also provides resources and technical assistance to all districts to ensure their before- and after-school programs complement the regular school-day learning and increase student achievement.

As the featured Lights On Afterschool district for the county, the SDCOE Expanded Learning team on Oct. 13 will visit and tour Valley Center High School, where the district's after-school programs will showcase the students' work. The highlighted programs include golf, flower arranging, and culinary arts.

"In our rural area, students travel far to attend school, but they are able to stay after school for academic support, enrichment, and recreational activities through these important programs," said Superintendent Mary Gorsuch, of Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District.

The SDCOE Expanded Learning team will also present the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District Board of Trustees with a certificate honoring the district's expanded learning efforts.

 "SDCOE and Lights On Afterschool recognize the remarkable work being done by Valley Center-Pauma students and program coordinators in expanded learning programs," Pint said. "Data shows that after-school programs are integral to students' academic success and we are proud to support expanded learning efforts across the county."

The SDCOE-supported ASES and ASSETs programs are free for all students. In San Diego County, SDCOE works with 245 elementary, middle, and high school expanded learning sites to provide before- and after-school programs for students.

Since 2000, the Lights On Afterschool nationwide event every October has celebrated expanded learning programs and their role in keeping children safe and supporting student's education. The annual effort sees more than one million Americans celebrating at more than 8,000 events across the country.