Follow the Stars Afterschool!

We all know the huge influence that television and music stars have on our children. For kids, they look up to stars their own age. Those kids that appear on the TV screen and in music videos are often trendsetters and leaders. Children often follow in the footsteps and beliefs of these stars they idolize.

The Afterschool Alliance, known as the national voice of the afterschool movement, have partnered with Quaker® Oats to help raise awareness about the importance of afterschool programs. Together, the two brands are working to promote healthy lifestyles, proper nutrition and physical activity for kids participating in afterschool programs across the country. In many areas, afterschool programs are not available to parents and kids. The Afterschool Alliance is working hard to make affordable afterschool programs for the 15 million children that are unsupervised everyday.

In a new sweepstakes, “Afterschool Rocks,” you can win a private performance with teen actress and recording artist, Miranda Cosgrove. Most children know Miranda from the Nickelodeon shows Drake and Josh and iCarly. Miranda is a big supporter of afterschool programs because of their ability to give kids an outlet for creativity. Research has shown that being involved in these programs keeps kids out of trouble and helps them succeed in school. Miranda and the Afterschool Alliance recently visited Harlem RBI in New York City, where they kicked off the campaign.

Here is a great video from Audrey, a blogger at Mom Generations who interviewed Bill Fiely of Quaker, Jodi Grant, Executive Director of Afterschool Alliance and Maleka Covington, Director of Development at Harlem RBI. You can learn more about the importance of afterschool programs and a healthy lifestyle by watching the interviews with the people who are making this program possible.

The best part of this campaign is the sweepstakes. The winner will get to bring four friends to meet Miranda and have up to 300 guests attend an exclusive afterschool private performance. Everyday you enter you can also win Quaker Chewy bars, a great afterschool snack. Other winners also receive coupons for free boxes of Quaker Chewy Bars. To enter click here!

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