BEACON staff and children celebrate with mustaches at the Lights On celebration held Tuesday, Nov. 19. Back row (from left to right): Kate Bell-Morris, Michele Onderko, Ashly Hunter, Margy Moreau, Krissy Post, Caryn McGinty, Lynda Diem and Barry Ellison. Front row (from left to right): Katherine Sullivan, Kim Kirks, Lindsay Trudeau, Stephanie Dahlstrom and Sara Hinck.

Helen M. Knight Elementary recently hosted a “Lights On” party on Tuesday, Nov. 19, which was the 8th annual community celebration for the BEACON program.

The BEACON Afterschool program provides clubs and tutoring for students at Helen M. Knight Elementary and the Grand County Middle School. BEACON is the acronym for “Building Essential Assets through Community Outreach and Networking.”

As an introduction, a slide show was played which showed everything fun that has happened in certain BEACON programs.

During the celebration, live entertainment was provided by the Taiko drummers; the Singing Club from the Grand County Middle School, and the Moab Strings Program, which included students from elementary to high school.

One of the fun clubs people might enjoy is LEGO club.

“The LEGO club is about having fun. You get to build robots [out of LEGOs] for competitions,” said club member Wyatt Jones. “You have to program your robots to do certain things to win.”

Other clubs included the mustache club, climbing club, academic assistance, enrichment activities, homework help and more.

Margaret Moreau, helper of the homework club, described the club as, “a wonderful place that kids can go after school.”

“It’s a safe, constructive, learning environment. It’s much better than having kids stuck in the house playing video games,” Moreau said.

ZAX restaurant provided a free dinner towards the end of the celebration.

“The LEGO club is about having fun.”

After school clubs celebrated