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Oct 25, 2011 1:51 AM by Breanna Roy (KPAX News)

Missoula students rally for after school programs

MISSOULA- Activists, some barely standing four feet tall, stood for a cause on the Higgins Street Bridge on Monday evening.

After the school bell rang, Flagship students from four of Missoula County Public Schools held signs encouraging cars to honk for "Lights On Afterschool".

Flagship Director Rosie Buzzas said 800 Montana kids go home to an empty house after school and the Flagship program provides a much better environment.

"What we try to do is remind people that after school provides a safe environment for kids," Buzzas said. "They're getting academic help and they're mostly having fun."

Missoula Mayor John Engen declared October 24, 2011 "Lights On After School Day" in Missoula and after about 45 minutes of rallying, the kids headed down to Caras Park to ride the carousel.

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