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During week of April 25-29, WSD celebrated efforts to provide positive youth development.

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT - Woodburn School District's Afterschool Professionals were celebrated during the final week in April, bringing recognition to the value they provide in the development of young people.Often behind the scenes in the realm of education, after-school professionals' contributions are vital to the development of young students.

That is not lost on the Woodburn School District.

WSD celebrated Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week during the final week of April, in keeping with the National AfterSchool Association's quest to appreciate and advocate for those who work with young people outside of regular school hours.

After-school professionals are skilled individuals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of positive developmental relationships and experiences during out-of-school hours.

NAA officials describe the week as one marked by celebrations, public relations and advocacy efforts encouraging support for after-school professionals who make a profound difference in the lives of young people.

"Research shows that after-school professionals make a profound difference in the lives of our youth," said Rachel Danskey, WSD Communications and Community Outreach coordinator. "We encourage everyone to join us in thanking the after-school professionals in their lives."

NAA sources estimate that 10.2 million children participate in after-school programs each year, and for every child in an after-school program there are two more waiting to get in.

Currently in the U.S., an estimated 850,000 individuals are practicing members of the after-school profession.

For information, visit www.heartofafterschool.com.


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