After School Day on the Hill

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Today, “Afterschool Day on the Hill” was at the capitol, where students of all ages were given a firsthand look at North Dakota’s state government.

Organizers say this event is all the more important this year considering President Trump’s budget calls for eliminating federal funding for local afterschool and summer programs. If the funding is not maintained, nearly two million children and families would be left without reliable afterschool choices. We spoke with a 3rd grader on what it’d mean to her if her program closed down, and all the fun she has while there.

Lily Bradford; 3rd grader at Roosevelt Elementary: “Really upset… 
“Like with doing all the science projects and being with people I know.”

More than 19 million families want and need more afterschool and summer learning opportunities. For every child in a program, two are waiting to get in. 
 

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