A celebration took place at local community centers this afternoon

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Little Rock Parks & Recreation participated in "Lights On After School", a nationwide event on Thursday, Oct. 17, celebrating after school programs and their role in the lives of children, families and communities.

    There were activities for participants, parents, family and friends at Dunbar Community Center, Southwest Community Center and Stephens Community Center. The events began at 3 p.m. and featured games, performances and a parade.

    The national group called Afterschool Alliance organized the rallies and they partner with groups like the Boys and Girls clubs, the Boy and Girl Scouts, and 4-H clubs.

    "Some of the things we do is tutoring. Also we have a nutrition program and we have an opportunity to experience some physical activity," said Sedric Mayfield, facilities manager at Dunbar community center.

    Southwest welcomed all family and friends at 6 p.m. to celebrate and share as they displayed the many activities they engage in during the program.

    The program at Stephens began at 6 p.m., and featured performances by their after-school cheerleaders and the Community Center Line Dancers and the award winning "Jr. Temptations". Officer Rodney Davis of the LRPD was the feature speaker and talked about safety and bullying.

    For more information about Little Rock Parks & Recreation, please visit www.lrpr.org.

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