From left to right, Thierry Malley, Brian Witmer and Lynn Cromley
Bangor, PA, March 22, 2011 Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN) honored State Farm Agent Brian Witmer as an Afterschool Champion for outstanding work in developing, supporting and promoting meaningful high quality afterschool/out-of-school time programs to benefit children, youth and families across Pennsylvania. The awards took place during the PSAYDN annual reception on March 8, which brought together elected officials, program providers, youth, faith-based leaders, parents and business leaders from across the commonwealth to emphasize the importance of afterschool programs in the state.
Afterschool programs pick up where the school day leaves off. In addition to offering kids a safe, supervised place to go before and after school, on weekends and during summers to get academic help, programs provide a variety of activities art, music, dance, sports, science, service learning, career exploration and much more that help kids develop new interests and skills. The Afterschool Champion Awards honor programs and individuals for excellence in the service of children, schools and communities.
Brian has taken such an interest in the community, said Deborah Bowman, Community School Director, Northampton Community College/Bangor Area School District, who nominated Witmer. He supports programs that benefit kids and always volunteers his time, talent and treasure to bring ideas to fruition.
According to the landmark America After 3PM study conducted for the Afterschool Alliance, more than half a million Pennsylvania children need but dont have afterschool programs, even as statewide demand for afterschool programs has increased.
These Afterschool Champions lead through example. Their outstanding commitment and hard work has been recognized by the peers, leaders and community members who nominated them, said PSAYDN director Kacy Conley. We are thrilled to shine the light on their inspiring accomplishments.
Sarah Bruner, State Farm Public Affairs, (610) 358-7620
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