Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft visited two schools in Nixa to show his support for student learning programs that happen after the school day is over.
Ashcroft exchanged ideas with students at Summit Intermediate and High Pointe Elementary as part of Lights on Afterschool, a national observance where 1 million people participate in 10,000 events across the country to shine the light on the work of after school programs and their positive impact on youth.
“Students need the opportunity and the resources to reach their potential,” Ashcroft said. “After school programs can extend learning beyond the school day. These programs provide enriching, safe environments while providing students with new opportunities for personal development.”
According to Afterschool Alliance, more than 130,000 Missouri children participate in programs after the final bell rings each day, while almost 177,000 children are alone and unsupervised after school. Afterschool Alliance ranks Missouri eighth out of the 50 U.S. states when it comes to offering programs after class ends.
Ashcroft said more programs are needed in order to help students develop critical thinking skills, offer personalized academic support, reading help and even career readiness. He supports programs that prioritize learning and the development of the student, and is a proponent for school choice and parent involvement in determining a student’s educational needs.
“A solid educational base with sound curriculum and parent interaction, not only with the student, but also with the school, is critical to the success of a student.” Ashcroft said.
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