PACES, Perry’s Academic Cultural and Enrichment Services, celebrated 19 years of success during a program on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Perry’s PACES program joined a number of other communities across the country to celebrate the importance of afterschool programs by participating in the National Afterschool Alliance’s 19th annual Lights On Afterschool. PACES has participated in all 19 years of the national event.

Perry students kicked off Lights On Afterschool with “PLEDGES FOR PACES,” on Oct. 17 with a walk around the high school track. Students collected donations or a flat fee during that portion of the celebration.

The event continued on Oct. 18 with a proclamation from Mayor John Andorf, words of support from Superintendent Clark Wicks and guest speaker Mary Murphy, director of the Perry Public Library.

The PACES students then participated in a talent show. The program wrapped up with the student awards for the light bulb coloring contest, poster contest and essay contest.