Community unites for children

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Boys & Girls Clubs across South Mississippi are turning the spotlight on after school programs and keeping our kids safe.

All Boys & Girls Clubs in the three coastal counties are taking part in the Lights on Afterschool program. They are part of more than 7,500 such events being held across the nation to emphasize the importance of keeping the lights on and doors open for after school programs.

The events will highlight keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and relieving working parents of worries about their children's activities during the afternoon hours.

"We are all very proud of our members," said Greg Gipson, Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast. "There's no reason that learning should stop at 3 PM, particularly if the alternative is unsupervised time in front of a television set, or any of the dangerous or unhealthy behaviors that can ensnare children in the afternoons."

In Jackson County, there will be what's being billed as the largest Lights on Afterschool Pep Rally this evening at Moss Point Upper Elementary School. Doug Walker will be there for the rally. He'll Skype live from the event during WLOX News at 5pm so we can all be part of this gathering of kids, parents and community leaders.

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