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Lights on Afterschool program celebrated in Wilmington

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At Kids Making It, Wilmington young people showed off their handy work to city and county leaders, as part of a national celebration of afterschool programs. It is called "Lights on Afterschool." The idea is to shed light on just how important these programs are. “For me, I was headed down the wrong path. I was about to be sent to juvi, but now when I started coming down here, its like a whole new person came out of me,” said Gilbert McClammy. Vella Rico also participates in Kids Making It and said, "My life has changed so well. I used to get in a lot of trouble; I don't even get in a lot of trouble no more." In addition, they learn a trade, and earn money. The profit from every piece sold, goes back to them. Kids Making It has been so successful, that it has been nominated to be a national model for afterschool program by the National Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Kids Making It director Jimmy Pierce said, "Life is just a little tougher for some of the kids we work with. We see as they come; they learn through woodworking, patience, perseverance, their self esteem seems to go up." Many of the kids return year after year; proving Kids Making It is making a difference. Mayor Bill Saffo proclaimed Thursday Lights on Afterschool Day in Wilmington.

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YMCA at Cape Fear Elementary

I just want to say thanks to the YMCA afterschool staff for putting together a wonderful gathering yesterday evening for the Lights on Afterschool. They had guest speakers from the Pender Board of Ed, the school principal, YMCA and the kids favorite, the Sable Helicopter. A big thanks to the two pilots who had the patience to answer each childs question (young & old) and allowing each child a turn to sit within the helicopter. We were then directed to turn our attention to a choir of youngsters singing "This Little Light of Mine". During refreshments we were led by the hand of our children, proudly showing off their artwork created in afterschool. Thanks so much :)