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The Learning Lamp Keeps “Lights On” to Draw Attention to Importance of After School Programs

Posted on October 28, 2019

Johnstown, PA (Oct. 21, 2019) –Parents can breathe a sigh of relief on weekdays throughout the school year with The Learning Lamp’s Before and After School program. With locations in Richland, Westmont, Ebensburg, Davidsville, Johnstown, Sidman, Jennerstown, Somerset, and Windber, there’s no reason to panic over who will get your child on and off the bus while you are at work.

It’s time to shine a light on the need for before and after school programs in the region! The Learning Lamp will take part in the Afterschool Alliance’s 20th annual “Lights On Afterschool” celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24 at all of its after school sites. The nationwide event celebrates after school programs and their importance in the lives of the children, families and communities they serve. 

The Learning Lamp’s after school programs are a valuable resource that aim to boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health and provide a safe, structured environment for children across Cambria and Somerset counties. Students enrolled in The Learning Lamp’s after school programs will participate in a wide variety of “Lights On” activities such as: hands-on STEM learning that brings coding to life through games and interaction; after school glow parties where students mix together slime and paint light bulb cut-outs with glow-in-the-dark paint in an effort to illuminate the positive impact of after school programs for the 11.3 million kids nationwide who rely on them every day.

“The Learning Lamp’s Before and After school program has been a lifesaver for my family, as my wife and I both work full-time,” said Josh Yoder, father of two sons who attend the program in Ebensburg. “The staff is amazing and takes the time to help them with their homework, mentor them as students and develop their social skills which enables them to be productive both in and out of the classroom.”

The Learning Lamp offers two types of after school care at 16 sites across Cambria and Somerset counties. Thirteen locations offer care to 572 elementary students at affordable rates, with some income-eligible families receiving tuition assistance. On top of its regular after school programming, The Learning Lamp offers its Kids’ Day Out program that provides care when children are off from school, including teacher professional development days, snow days, and school holidays such as winter break. The three remaining sites are part of The Learning Lamp’s free After School Outreach Program, which provides help with homework, extra skills practice, and character-building activities to at-risk children in the Johnstown neighborhoods of Moxham, Oakhurst and Coopersdale. 

“The after school outreach program allows us to have a positive impact on the youth in our community.” said Amanda Peretin, The Learning Lamp’s outreach coordinator. “Our staff not only provides homework help in a safe, supervised setting, they also serve a hot meal so that kids don’t have to go to school hungry the next day.”

The Learning Lamp is currently seeking to hire staff for before and after school programs in Cambria County. To learn more, visit thelearninglamp.org.

The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. The Learning Lamp served 32,799 children and adults from 53 public school districts and 66 private schools and community organizations in 17 counties of Pennsylvania in 2018. 

Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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