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Lights On Afterschool Celebrates Power of Out-of-School-Time Programming

​​​​​​​Oct. 25, 2023

Wisconsin Afterschool Network, a program of Marshfield Clinic Health System, is celebrating Lights On Afterschool Thursday, Oct. 26, to promote the multiple ways afterschool and out-of-school-time programs help children and youth reach their full potential.

​Afterschool and out-of-school-time programs foster belonging, support working families, help children and youth develop supportive relationships with peers and adult mentors, encourage healthy behaviors, and help young people build and cultivate the skills necessary to navigate challenges and stressful situations.

“These programs help students explore their interests, discover their passions, and learn to communicate with peers and adults while giving parents the security that comes from knowing their children are safe and supervised, with opportunities to learn and grow after the school day ends," said Jay Shrader, vice president of Community Health. “This is a reflection of our commitment to our communities and the understanding that health care occurs both in the doctor's office and in the communities."

Wisconsin's Lights On Afterschool events are being co-hosted with the national Afterschool Alliance. To highlight the importance of this day, Gov. Tony Evers issued a proclamati​on declaring Oct. 26 Lights on Afterschool Day.

The Green Bay Packers will light iconic Lambeau Field on Oct. 26 to shine a light on the importance of afterschool programs and the many opportunities they provide for children and youth to continue to learn and grow during their time out of school.

 Media Relations

John Gardner
Marshfield Clinic Health System Director of Communications
715 221-8659

Jeff Starck
Senior Media Relations Specialist - Marshfield, Eau Claire, Park Falls, Neillsville & Minocqua
715 389-4978

Dan Baulch
Senior Communications Specialist - Beaver Dam
920 887-4152

Candy Marg
Community Relations Manager - Neillsville
715 819-8459

Becca Pehlke
Communications Specialist - Ladysmith & Rice Lake
715 609-3284

Jim Korth
Communications Specialist – Wausau/Weston

Joe Rizzo
Director of Public Relations and Business Development – Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson