11-22-2011 Organization of the Board and Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #16

Brevard Public Schools-School Age Child Care is a Spotlight Winner in the Afterschool Alliance Lights On Afterschool-Light Up a Landmark Contest


Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable after school programs. In recent years the Empire State Building, the Lindbergh Beacon and Mt. Rushmore have been lit up in recognition of Lights On Afterschool, an event that is held annually nationwide to bring attention to the importance of quality afterschool programs. This year, the Afterschool Alliance sponsored the first Light Up a Landmark contest in conjunction with the 2011 Lights On Afterschool event. The contest was held to call attention to the importance of quality after school programs through connections with significant community landmarks. Todd Forschino, Program Development Coordinator for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, entered the NASA Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in this contest. Seventeen sites were selected nationwide to receive awards from longtime after school champion, JCPenny, which will present two $5,000 Megawatt awards and fifteen $1,000 Spotlight awards. We are pleased to announce that the NASA Rocket Garden entry was chosen as the recipient of one of the $1,000 Spotlight awards.

On October 20th, in partnership with Delaware North Parks and Recreation and with the cooperation of NASA, the NASA Rocket Garden was lit up in recognition of Lights On Afterschool. Attending the "3-2-1 Blast Off to Lights On Afterschool" celebration were the children and staff of Coquina Elementary School's SACC and 21st CCLC Space Explores Programs, district SACC staff members, Dr. Brian Binggeli, Brevard Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Ronald Bobay, Dr. Michael Krupp, Astronaut Jon McBride, a JCPenny representative, Lani Lingo, Director, Bureau of Family & Community Outreach, Department of Education, Ramya Sankar from the Afterschool Alliance in Washington, D.C., Gabe Torio, JCPenny, Merritt Island, Jim Platman, Bright House Networks, Michael Mijon, Education Manager, Delaware North Companies, Rea Schutz, Education, Delaware North, Andrea Farmer, Public Relations Manager, North/Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and media.

The goal was to bring further awareness to the importance of BPS after school programs and the vital role they play in the lives of the approximately 5,000 elementary students and their families who use these services daily.


Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 11/22/2011

Authority for Action
FS General powers and duty of the School Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

Cost Center

John C. Wigley, Director of Adult Education X375

Attachment:  Light up a landmark Board Agenda.pdf