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Fredricksburg, Virginia’s Free Lance-Star reports on the benefits of after school programs by offering a safe place to youth during non-school hours. The article highlights a local after school program and the local "Afterschool Alliance Lights On Afterschool" event to promote the benefits of after school.

The article cites project manager Erin Harris and refers to Harvard Family Research Project's research on the benefits of after school programs, which include providing positive outcomes for children and peace of mind for parents, who seek safe places for their children after school.

Excerpt from the article:

“’It means their kids are somewhere safe after school. They're getting supervision, they're getting services,’ said Erin Harris, project manager of the Harvard Family Research Project. That group researched the benefits of after-school programs and found that effective initiatives can improve participants grades, test scores, self esteem, behaviors and health.”

Read the full article on, The Free Lance-Star's website.

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