Afterschool program to hold open house, light bulb contest

School Kids in Peterborough, along with more than 7,500 communities and 1 million Americans, will be celebrating “Lights on Afterschool,” a national day of celebration of afterschool programs on Thursday.

The community is invited to join the festivities as attention is called to the importance of afterschool programs, and what it takes to keep the lights on and the doors open for our youth afterschool.

SKIP, located behind Peterborough Elementary School at 14 Vine St., welcomes the public from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an open house, with refreshments, a slide show of the year in review and thanks to the many community volunteers. The 2nd annual bulb drop science experiment will take place as well. In the bulb drop, children choose materials to protect a used light bulb from breaking when dropped from a height.

There will also be a judged art contest and awards, as well a raffle with prizes.

As part of the celebration, SKIP is sponsoring an art contest open to all area elementary children. The contest is to repurpose a used light bulb. All entries were due to SKIP by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The winners will receive a gift certificate to the Toadstool Bookstore.

SKIP is a licensed, not for profit, child care facility located directly behind Peterborough Elementary School. It was founded in 1994, and since its beginning has been accommodating working parent’s schedules by providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for their children before and after school, during winter and spring break, and during the summers.

Call 924-7050 for more information, or visit

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