PA Secretary of Education Visits Avon Grove School District’s After-School Program

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WEST GROVE, PA — Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin recently visited the Avon Grove School District (AGSD) to highlight the importance of after-school programs. The visit was part of the “Lights on After School” event, a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Education’s Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC).

Dr. Mumin began his visit by addressing students at the Avon Grove Intermediate School (AGIS), emphasizing the positive impact of after-school activities. The students, who were enjoying their after-school snacks, engaged enthusiastically with Mumin as he asked about their future aspirations.

The visit included a tour showcasing various activities offered through the program, such as gymnasium games, creating art with robotics, and participating in science lessons. Mumin also learned about the partnership between local agencies like the Chester County Food Bank and the Avondale Fire Company that often visit or provide services.

The program is a collaboration between AGSD, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and the 21st CCLC. It offers free student enrichment opportunities for eligible families, providing assistance during non-school hours.

Kim Hall, principal at AGIS, expressed her appreciation for the program, stating, “It’s a wonderful partnership and program. The staff do an incredible job making each day exciting and unique for the students.”

Dr. Mumin echoed this sentiment, emphasizing how after-school programs inspire learning, keep kids safe, and prepare them for bright futures. He said, “Programs like Lights On Afterschool give parents peace of mind and help students discover who they are and what they love to do.”

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The Lights On Afterschool initiative has been celebrated nationwide since 2000, attracting one million Americans and media coverage annually. The 21st CCLC provides federal funding for community learning centers, offering academic enrichment opportunities that complement students’ regular academic programs.

In honor of the 24th anniversary of Lights On Afterschool, Chester County Intermediate Unit, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and AGSD highlighted the importance of such programs in supporting students’ well-being and academic growth. The focus of these programs is to provide supplemental education promoting language development, academic achievement, and fun in a safe environment for at-risk students, while also providing community resources and parenting supports.

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