Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

 

Whereas Afterschool programs provide challenging and engaging learning experiences that help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills while supporting working families, ensuring their children are safe and productive after the regular school day ends; and

Whereas Afterschool programs provide challenging and engaging learning experiences that help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills while supporting working families, ensuring their children are safe and productive after the regular school day ends; and

Whereas Many afterschool programs across the country are facing funding shortfalls so severe that they are being forced to close their doors and turn off their lights; and

Whereas Lights On Afterschool, the national celebration of afterschool programs, promotes the importance of quality afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities; and

Whereas It is important to engage families, schools and communities in advancing the welfare of our children and ensure the lights stay on and the doors stay open for all children after school,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 17, 2013, to be

LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston,this first day of October, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts