Kids rally for afterschool programs

Over 300 Mott Haven area elementary school students rallied to show their support for afterschool programs in October.

Over 300 elementary school students rallied in Mott Haven on Oct. 20 to draw attention to the importance of the East Side House Settlement afterschool programs they participate in.

The local rally was part of “Lights on Afterschool,” a nationwide event at which over a million children and adults marched to display their support for similar programs around the country that serve to supplement students’ education.

Nearly 600 children from Mott Haven and other parts of the South Bronx take part in East Side House’s programs, which run daily between 3 and 6 p.m. The students get help with their homework, as well as tutoring, along with instruction in dance, arts and craft and gardening. They can also participate in team sports.

East Side House, which opened in Mott Haven in 1963, is located at 337 Alexander Ave. between E. 141st and E. 142nd St.

For information about programs or enrollment, contact Daniel Diaz at East Side House at 718-665-5250.

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