After-school Appreciation Week 2019


It’s that time of year again, after-school professionals appreciation week! We are proud to team up with the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) to celebrate the professionals that are the heart of after-school programs across the country.  

JoKeeping Your Lights On When Your 21CCLC Funding Ends Ebook Download Link e Cayen, the founder of Cayen Systems and AfterSchool21, the only program data management software with a direct link to 21APR, said “We believe After-school professionals make a difference in the lives of young peopleWe encourage everyone to join us this week in thanking the after-school professionals in their lives.” 

Here are some quick ways you can let an after-school professional in your community know how much their time and effort means to you and your family. Not sure what After-School Professionals Appreciation Week is all about? Read this blog for a more in-depth look.

How Can I Show an After-school Professional I Care? 

  • Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the after-school professional in your life. 
  • Declare on social media: I appreciate the After-school Professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people: #heartofafterschool 
  • Send an email to an after-school professional’s supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.  
  • Donate simple supplies like paper, crayons, or glue to your local after-school programs. Even common household items like egg-cartons can help educators create fun and engaging learning experiences for students. 
  • Help your local programs in their fundraising efforts by sending a letter to your senator or congressman expressing your support of after-school programs in your community, or donate time and resources to local programs 

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About The Author

Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa leads TransACT’s customer engagement and market strategy efforts, and works to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.