During the Tuesday, October 20, City Commission meeting, officials proclaimed October 22, 2009 as Lights on After-school! Day. The City stands firmly committed to quality after-school programs and opportunities because they provide safe, challenging and engaging learning experiences to help children develop their social, emotional, physical and academic skills. During this national celebration, we promote the critical importance of quality and its importance to working families.
“In difficult economic times like this, we’re finding that more and more parents are relying on playing at parks rather than having someone come in to take care of the children simply because they are having a difficult time affording it,” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said. “As a mother of three, I recognize the importance of after-school care so I thank you for all that you do.”
Lastly, officials also proclaimed the month of October 2009, as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence touches the lives of Americans of all ages, leaving a devastating impact on families of every background. Since the Violence Against Women Act passed in 1994, our nation has strengthened its response to this crime and increased services for victims. During this month, officials commit to ending violence within our homes and community.
“Often times, you may see somebody and have somewhat of an awareness but not know. You really need to encourage these people to speak up and get out,” Mayor Scott Brook said.
Carol Molnar, Past Board Chair of Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc., accepted the proclamation.
“One out of every three women are abused in their lifetime, and this does not only affect women but men as well. Please be aware if you see something, don’t be afraid to call, don’t be afraid to report. You may just save someone’s life,” Molnar said.