Forest Hills’ Queens Community House will take part in a nationwide event Thursday that celebrates the role after school programs play in children’s lives.
Lights On After School will host 9,000 events nationwide, including at QCH’s Forest Hills site, to draw attention to the need for programs that provide activities for students after the school day has ended.
The Beacon programs at JHS 190, located at 68-17 Austin St. in Forest Hills, will host an advocacy carnival today that will include demonstrations, games, face painting and other activities.
And QCH’s site on Austin Street will kick off Thursday’s events at 3:30 p.m. with a march through the neighborhood and then conclude with a rally and ceremony.
“This is an opportunity for youth and their parents to join others around the nation in raising awareness for the programs and services that empower our young people and help working families,” said Patrick Pinchinat, Beacon program director and After School Alliance ambassador.
Additionally, after school programs at P.S. 82 and P.S. 86, both of which are located in Briarwood, will hold open houses on Thursday.
Lights On After School is in its 14th year. More than one million people are expected to take part in events across the country tomorrow.
And the Empire State Building will be lit up in yellow to celebrate Lights On After School.