Lieutenant Governor Visits Milton Y to Tout After School Programming

Lt. Gov. Austin Davis and State Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver united to call for state investments in out-of-school-time programming. Pictured here is a moment from the event.

MILTON – Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor, state Senator Lynda Schlegel Culver and state Representative Mike Stender were in Milton today to visit the YMCA after school programs there.

Lt. Gov. Austin Davis said he was there to call for more state funding in after-school programming. He said he learned a lot of social skills, got homework help, and enjoyed a wide range of other programming when he was part of after school programs, “The best programs enhance and expand on what our kids are learning at school, giving them social skills, homework help, sports and exercise, art, music and so much more.  They also keep kids safe during those critical hours between 3 and 6 p.m.”

Sen. Schlegel Culver said the state needs to focus on more than just in-class education and she said the after-school programming is vital for working parents, and a dollar invested in after school programs has a tremendous return.  She said, “This is nearly a seven to one return on investment and it emanates from reductions in substance abuse, violent crime, teen pregnancy and high school drop out rates.”

Also attending was Bonnie McDowell, Executive Director of the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA and Tea Jay Aikey, President of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce.

 

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