Hundreds of Hawaii's keiki from A-plus programs waved signs and large paper light bulbs in front of the State capitol, Wednesday.
They're rallying to raise awareness and remind lawmakers of the importance of after school programs in the annual "Lights On" Afterschool celebration.
"We need more funding, we need more resources and we are looking to build a K-12 afterschool system so every kid in Hawaii has a safe place to go in the afterschool hours," said Paula Adams, Executive Director of the Hawaii Afterschool Alliance.
Families pay $100 monthly for the program. But the cost is scheduled to increase by $10 annually for the next two years.
The program serves nearly 7,000 students across the state.