The Robstown ISD 21th Century Afterschool Program joined with the Boys & Girls Club to host the eighth annual Halloween party and Lights On Afterschool event on Thursday.
The event, held at the Boys & Girls Club, had a DJ, dancing, a haunted house, games, food and costume contests form the students. More than 2,000 attended the event. 21st Century Program Director Mari Pena said hundreds of students utilize the Boys & Girls Club through the 21st Century Afterschool program each week.
“It takes a huge effort to organizae an evnet like this, with many partners in the community,” Pena said.
Donors this year included Ainsworth Trucking, Beefy Burger, Robstown Utilites, HEB, Pepsi, WALMART and the Robstown Police Department, St. Benedict's and the Robstown Fire Department.
Students in the 21st Century Program take a bus to the club once a week, where they participate in activites such as the youth basketbal league and Sylvan Lerning Center services. Pena said without such a program, nearly 2,000 students in Robstown would be left without afterschool superivison.
And the ability to continue is tougher each year, as spending cuts increase the gap in funding necessary to continue to serve the number of studnets who benefit from the program, Pena said.
“Last year we saw a decrease, and this year, we will see a 25 percent decrease in our funding,” Pena said. A taskforce for the program is organizaed every year, to help raise the funds necessary to keep the program growing. Pena said this year's active taskforce is working hard to provide enough funding to be able to offer a summer school program for Robstown students this year.