Afterschool Expo offers free fun Oct. 10 at TDMS

Ten community organizations will join together Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to put on the Afterschool Expo at The Dalles Middle School, a free night of hands-on activities for kids with food and door prizes for adults.

“While kids are exploring robotics, examining mystery boxes, or building rockets, adults can be talking to community agencies that provide quality after school programming and signing up their children for after school programs,” said organizer Lu Seapy, Program Assistant with OSU Extension Wasco County.

The event is meant to highlight opportunities for children to become involved in after school activities, as well as show off student work.

Students will demonstrate what they have learned through summer camps and school programs in fun ways that organizers hope will encourage others to join.

“Research has shown that after school programs help improve a child’s self-image, resiliency and success in school,” says Seapy. “This event is meant to showcase the programs available in The Dalles and encourage parents to sign up their kids in these great programs.”

Families of school-age children are welcome to come, enjoy a light snack and enter to win numerous door prizes provided by community agencies.

Interested program providers can contact Lu Seapy at 541-296-5494, or lu.seapy@oregonstate.edu.

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