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October 16, 2013

CASP joins Lights On Afterschool

NORMAN — The Community After School Program announced Tuesday that it will partner with the Afterschool Alliance and dozens of other national organizations on Thursday in organizing more than 9,000 rallies around the country in support of afterschool programs.

The 14th annual Lights On Afterschool will be the largest nationwide rally for afterschool ever hosted.

CASP will host open houses across Norman to showcase what the organization does on a daily basis with children. This year kicks off a yearlong celebration for CASP in reaching the 40-year milestone of providing after school programming.

Each day, more than 650 children attend Community After School Programs in Norman.

“The unmet need for afterschool programs is enormous, and funding is tight. Too many afterschool programs have been forced to cut back hours or services, or close entirely, because of inadequate funding. With Lights On Afterschool, Americans are saying they want the lights on after school for our kids,” said Brenda Birdsong, CASP director of child services.

Last year, the CASP Scholarship Program provided more than $45,000 in scholarships to children in the Norman community.

For more information, call 366-5970.

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