In case you missed Team Dave leader, Mayor Bieter, he has been at the nation’s capitol to accept a Wheaties box on behalf of Boise–once again we are in the national spotlight.
Here is the text of a press release from Team Dave along with a photo they provided.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Afterschool Alliance today honored Mayor David Bieter for his support of after school programs at the “Breakfast of Champions,” a gala event in Washington, D.C. Mayor Bieter was one of 17 individuals and four organizations from across the nation honored for their work on behalf of after school programs. As part of the award, Mayor Bieter was presented with an honorary Wheaties box featuring his likeness.
The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of after school programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. Mayor Bieter is in Washington, D.C. this week to attend the National League of City’s National City Afterschool Summit, which runs simultaneously and in partnership with Aftershool Alliance’s Afterschool for All Challenge.
The two events gather together mayors, city council members, school superintendents, school board presidents and other city and school leaders from across the nation to strengthen local efforts to build citywide systems of high-quality out-of-school time programs.
“I’m honored that an organization as important as the Afterschool Alliance saw fit to present me with this award,” said Mayor Bieter. “Since I was a boy I’ve had two goals for my life. The first was to be mayor of my hometown, and the second was to be a running back for the Green Bay Packers. I think the second is probably out of my reach, but it’s great to get my face on a Wheaties box anyway – especially if it means the City of Boise is doing good things for our young people. I look forward to continuing working with the Afterschool Alliance to champion after school activities for kids.”
Since taking office, Mayor Bieter has made significant advances in after school opportunities in the Boise area. He was instrumental in Boise joining the Idaho Afterschool Alliance and participating in the Afterschool Alliance’s national rally for afterschool, Lights On Afterschool. In 2006, Boise was selected to participate in the City Leaders Engaged in Afterschool Reform, or CLEAR Initiative, which allowed Boise to receive assistance and access to resources and expertise to expand learning opportunities for youth in the after school hours. Since becoming a CLEAR city, the mayor has formed the Mayor’s Council on Children & Youth; started After3, an online tool that provides citizens with ways to find after school programs; and launched the Mobile Recreation Van, which provides sports, arts, and other recreation activities to Title I schools and other underserved areas. Later this year, the city will also unveil two new Community Recreation Centers built within the Grace Jordan and Morley Nelson elementary schools that will provide after school activities for Boise’s youth.
The “Breakfast of Champions” is part of the seventh annual Afterschool for All Challenge which brings together hundreds of parents, educators, children, program directors and advocates from around the country for a series of events and meetings with Members of Congress. The 2008 Challenge is cosponsored by the National League of Cities and the Afterschool Alliance.
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