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'Lights on Afterschool' celebrates local advocate
HORSESHOE BEND, Idaho (KBOI) —
A local woman is being recognized for her tireless advocacy of out-of-school learning.
Erica Compton with the Idaho Stem Action Center was surprised on Thursday with the 'Lights on Afterschool Champion Award'.
The award is all about recognizing the people who know that learning does not end when school does.
More than 8,000 'Lights on Afterschool' celebrations took place around the country on Thursday.
Dozens of celebrations were held in Idaho with six 'champions' being awarded.
The Idaho Out-Of-School Network says Erica Compton was one of those awardees because she always strives to go above and beyond in her work.
It's something Erica never expected to receive an award for.
"It was a surprise!" said Erica. "After school and out-of-school time is really a passion of mine. I believe kids need opportunities all day long. They need it in school and they need that continuous learning out of school, as well."
She travels all around the state making sure kids have access to science, technology, engineering, and math.
Erica and the other folks from the Idaho Stem Action Center aim to give all kids access to high-quality STEM programs in and out of school.