Albany YMCA recognizes afterschool importance

Albany YMCA recognizes afterschool importance

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Area YMCA participates in a nationwide event recognizing the importance of afterschool programs.

Students showcased what they learn in afterschool programs in front of their parents and YMCA officials as part of "Lights On Afterschool."

Students did yoga, cheers, recited poetry, and presidential facts.

YMCA officials say afterschool programs help keep youth off the streets and out of trouble.

"Afterschool programs enhances whatever a child has learned throughout their school day, and not only that but it's a deterrence for gang participation," said Kawona Holliday-Wakefield, YMCA Childcare Director. "Children may be left at home and a fire may start and they're scared so that is why we decided to do "Lights On Afterschool."

The Albany Area YMCA Afterschool program caters to students ages 4 to 13.

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