'Park after Dark' program launches in Reading

The program is in its second year.

'Park after Dark' program launches in Reading

READING, Pa. - A community group launched a popular summer program in Reading on Thursday night.

For the second summer in a row, Gilmore Henne Community Fund hosted "Park After Dark" at Barbey's Playground in Reading.

Organizers of the "Park After Dark" program say it's an evening of fun with the goal to make a difference in kids' lives.

Executive Director Christine Anderson says the program runs with the help and generosity of volunteers including the park leaders.

"Then when it gets dark, we'll bring out glow sticks, we have the glowing beach ball, hula hoop, all kinds of fun stuff," said  Anderson. "We're providing the kids with a safe environment to come at night when a lot of times a lot of them aren't supervised."

Anderson says she also works during the day as a probation officer and giving back through Gilmore Henne Community Fund is important to her.

"I work with kids that have gotten themselves in that situation and this allows me to see another side," Anderson told 69 News. "And, hopefully, there's about 30 kids here, hopefully 30 of them never come through my office because they've had the role models of our park leaders to look up to and they've had positive adult figures in their life."

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