THE BRONX - Grade-school students marched in the borough as the Police Athletic League celebrated 'Lights on Afterschool' programs Thursday.
The programs have a range of benefits for students, according to organizers.
They help children tackle their homework, hone their social skills and they also teach healthy eating and active living.
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Lights on Afterschool supporters rallied across the country Thursday calling on state governments to keep funding the programs.
The more than 100-year-old PAL is the city's largest, independent nonprofit youth organization.