The Marnie Simons afterschool program will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool program; Genius Hour for the students on Oct. 20. The program will be one of more than an expected 8,000 such events across America as part of Lights On Afterschool, the annual nationwide celebration of afterschool programs organized by the Afterschool Alliance.
Marnie Simons Elementary will call for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one, and discuss the benefits of afterschool programs, including inspiring children to learn, keeping them safe in the hours when juvenile crime peaks, and providing relief to working families.
We will encourage teachers, parents and community members to sign a petition that urges lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs.  
Participants in the Lights On Afterschool program; Genius Hour will include all the Marnie Simons Elementary Students.  The event will spotlight the range of programming available at the after school program, including STEM and Art. During the school day classes will be invited to participate in Genius Hour. In this hour, students will be able to engage in STEM and Art Activities.
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is Founding Chair of the program, a position he has held since 2001.  
The Marnie Simons After School Program began in 2016 with a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education. It serves 30 children a day, providing homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, and clubs in sports, recreation, mathematics, chess, quilting, and dozens of other subjects.
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs.  More information on
Lights On Afterschool is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.