2008 Lights On After School

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After-school snack? No, the children don’t usually sample the pickle juice at the Eureka Kids after-school program in Eureka Springs, Ark. But after playing “pass the pickle” at an event last month for the national Lights On After School day, one girl sampled the juice.

Events on Oct. 16 at some 7,500 sites across the country and at U.S. military bases around the world commemorated the annual Lights On celebration, according to the Washington-based Afterschool Alliance. In other events: Youths in Fairbanks, Alaska, lit trees with low-wattage holiday lights; youths from Wesley House Family Services and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys marched, holding light bulbs, in Key West, Fla.; and Roxbury Weston C.A.T.C.H Afterschool Program, in Boston, hosted a “Harvest Time” open house, where youths and parents explored the different uses of fruits and vegetables that are harvested in the fall.

Photo: Eureka Kids