Moonlight Elementary School will host a Lights on After School event from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 13. The event is part of a nationwide series of celebrations in support of after school programs. More than 8,000 events are expected to take place this year across the country and at U.S. military bases worldwide.
At the Moonlight Elementary event, students will learn about hot air balloons through hands-on activity stations that will teach them how hot air balloons work, they will do fitness activities with balloons, create balloon art, and officials are working on getting a hot air balloon basket out for the children to step inside.
There are seven Gardner Out of School Time Programs serving 115 children before and after school in the Gardner community. Johnson County Parks and Recreation Department oversees the local programs.
According to a press release issued by the Johnson County parks department, a large and growing body of evidence demonstrates improvements in attendance, behavior, academic achievement and more among children in after school programs. Researchers have also found that after school programs encourage increased parental involvement – an important building block for student success.