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Open house features light bulbs

School Kids in Peterborough, or SKIP, enjoyed a great turnout for its “Lights on Afterschool” celebration on Oct. 17, as it joined more than 7,500 communities and millions of Americans bringing attention to the importance of afterschool programs.

The local community, along with parents, joined the festivities as the children of SKIP conducted the second annual “Light Bulb Drop,” where they used recycled materials to package used light bulbs to protect them during the “big” drop.

Light bulbs were packaged in anything from old tissue boxes to pillow stuffing. They then were dropped from a height of about 20 feet onto a hard surface, unwrapped, and analyzed for intact survival. Almost all the bulbs survived the drop.

Emphasis on “big” also included the giant light bulb fashioned by SKIP students prior to the event which was placed around town to promote support and invite the public to the event. Along with this theme, light bulb cake and cookies made by the SKIP students were served. Themed gift baskets were raffled as a fundraiser.

Prizes were awarded to winners of the “What can you do with a recycled light bulb” art contest.

First prize went to middle school students Kayla Duval and Natasha Olrdread; second place to Casey Lustenberger and Rhett Landers; third place to Hayden Gonzalez, a kindergartner.

SKIP, founded in 1994, is a licensed, not for profit, child care facility located directly behind Peterborough Elementary School.

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