Celebrating a program that keeps students safe

Kids Klub after-school program Director Carrie Lienemann, left, speaks to the students who packed into Wild Bill’s on Monday afternoon. Lienemann introduced North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston and new Police Chief Daniel Hudson to the kids, who enjoyed the afternoon bowling and playing laser tag with police officers and Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies.

The Kids Klub after-school program celebrated “Lights On Afterschool” at Wild Bill’s on Monday.

The program was originally going to take the kids out to Dusty Trails, but the rain nixed that part of the event. However, the students had fun bowling with the badges — several law enforcement officers from each of the North Platte Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

The Kids Klub program is offered by the North Platte Public School District to students who may have parents that work late, as well as other reasons. It provides a place where the students are supervised after school is out and is offered Monday through Friday on all regular school days.

Lights on Afterschool is a nationwide effort that celebrates after school programs like Kids Klub.

Kids Klub director Carrie Lienemann told the kids that if they had to go home after school, they would be there by themselves, but the Kids Klub gives the students a safe place to be.

“We celebrate that today with our police men and women who keep us safe after school and on the weekends and any time we need help,” Lienemann said.

North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston and new Police Chief Daniel Hudson spoke with the kids.

“You are the most important people we have going in our community,” Hudson said. “And the people we want to make the safest are you youngsters that are sitting here today.”

Hudson invited the kids to introduce themselves to police officers whenever they see them in the community.

Livingston decided not to read through the long proclamation he had prepared because, he said, he knew the kids wanted to get back to bowling and laser tag.

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