Topeka program working to bring after school activities to all Kansas kids

Published: Oct. 20, 2017 at 5:45 PM CDT
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90,000 kids in Kansas don't have access to after school activities, and one Topeka program is working to change that.

The Kansas Enrichment Network, a Kansas Department for Children's and Families Partner, hosted "Lights on After School," an event that recognizes after school programs. The kids who took part in Friday's event got a tour of the Statehouse, went on a scavenger hunt and even got to play kickball on the Statehouse lawn.

One KEN employee says after school programs are important, because they do more than keep kids busy after class.

"After school activities do a lot for the community," said Rachel Willis, a Research Project Manager for KEN. "They help the working families because they provide a safe learning environment for their students between 3 and 6 p.m. so they get a snack, they get homework help, and then they do enrichment activities, and then some wellness activities."

Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring October 26th as Lights on After School Day.