On Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m., an open house at the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County Teen Center will be held as part of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide rally for afterschool programs that is expected to see more than 1 million Americans attend more than 8,000 events this year.

At the Teen Center site, parents and supporters will have the opportunity to sign a petition that urges lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs.

In addition to the BGCSLC Main Club serving elementary school members, the Teen Center serves students in grades 7-12, through 18 years of age, providing them a safe place to go after the school day ends.

Parents, guardians and community guests are invited to attend the Oct. 20 event. For further information about the event, please contact Rick Scott at 675-2764 or email us at bgcslc@magtel.com. For more information about Lights On Afterschool or about afterschool programs in general, visit www.afterschoolalliance.org.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. According to data from the Afterschool Alliance, 15.1 million children are without adult supervision in the afternoon hours.