On Thursday, October 17th the Y celebrated “Lights on Afterschool” with Paint the Pumpkin Pink Contest. Lights on Afterschool is celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of after School programs that keep kids safe, help working families and encourage learning. In America today, 1 in 4 youth -- 15.1 million children – are alone and unsupervised after school.

Lights on After School was launched October of 2000 and is now celebrated in 1,200 communities nationwide. The After School Alliance organized Lights on Afterschool Day  to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support children by offering them opportunities to learn new things – such as math, science, community service, and health and wellness. These events give youth a chance to showcase they what they have learned and their talents they develop at afterschool programs.

The YMCA of Greater Boston is proud to have sponsored Paint the Pumpkin Pink Contest recognizing October as both Cancer Awareness Month and the widely celebrated holiday of Halloween. This event was successful in acknowledging the importance of After School programs, teaching children the importance of finding a cure for cancer and providing them with the opportunity for to demonstrate their creativity in painting and designing pumpkins!



Congratulations to All Our Winners and Their Inspired Painted Pumpkins!