Many of our students depend on after school programs. Without them, they have nowhere to go. Today, most homes have the parent or parents working full time, and these after school programs provide an outlet for these children who would otherwise be left on their own. If we want to build a strong community, these after school programs are our ticket. We need to ensure each school district has the funding they need to keep these programs going, to not only give our kids an outlet, but to provide them with skills they’ll only learn from extracurricular activities.

But education is more than after-school activities. At its core, education is the source of all our knowledge, and is what prepares us for success as adults. Education is the foundation of our children’s potential. As our world shifts into a 21st century market, the needs for children are changing. We need to introduce vital technical skills such as coding and networking at a young age. Investing today to equip students with skills they need will give us a highly educated and qualified workforce tomorrow. It’s time we invested in our future.