CORNING, NY (WENY) - A rally in Corning Friday shined a spotlight on afterschool programs.

The Lights On Rally was organized to draw attention to the ways afterschool programs support students. Officials say they offer opportunities to learn new thing and discover new skills. They say these beneficial programs rely on funding to enrich students’ lives.

“There are lots of awesome, quality programs in this area, in this whole region, but with any other kind of program that involves youth, the big concern is funding,” says Christine Stull, Chairman of the Expanded Learning Network of the Southern Tier. “So we really need the funding streams to continue through the state and the federal government to keep these programs running so kids have a safe place to go after school.”

Lights On After School is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their role in the community. You can find more information about the movement here.