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Afterschool Rocks: Win a Miranda Cosgrove Performance for 300

By Isabel Kallman

miranda_cosgrove_concert_sweepstakes.pngBefore I get to the details of how you (well, anyone!) can enter to win a private concert for 300(!) with Miranda Cosgrove, you need to understand why this opportunity exists. (Yes, that title was total linkbait– but for a good reason).

Quaker Chewy (the yummy granola bars) is launching this Afterschool Rocks sweepstakes in conjunction with the Afterschool Alliance. By partnering with the Afterschool Alliance, Quaker Chewy is helping to provide vital resources to 26,000 afterschool programs nationwide, including nutrition information and educational materials.

See, I have a soft spot in my heart for afterschool programs having been a latch-key kid. But the truth is that afterschool programs are critical in child rearing. Overall, few women have the family-and-friends support system they need to make it all work in today’s world. Even if a mom has some flexibility at her workplace, it’s about other structures she needs that don’t put her at risk for losing her job.

And, quality afterschool care is one of those key structures. Yep, the level of mom anxiety rises way up after 3pm. Too many moms (who also work outside of the home) have kids who don’t have anyplace to go after school. The statistic is astonishing: more than 40,000 kindergarteners are home alone after school and more then 15 million kindergarteners through 12th-grade kids are on their own after school with out supervision. Moms are fearful of accidents and trouble into which her kids are getting during that unsupervised after school time. Having to leave work early again to deal with emergencies, puts her job, and therefore her family’s welfare, at risk.

So, thank you Quaker for recognizing the importance of afterschool care in our family life.

And, thank you Quaker for letting me bring my 6-year-old son to interview Miranda. Yes, he was too shy to ask the question we had rehearsed over over (How old were you when you filmed The School of Rock? Answer: Nine), but he was over the moon at the opportunity to join mom at work. Nah, just kidding. He really was excited to meet Miranda.

My son is now eager to tell all his friends about the Afterschool Rocks Sweepstakes which you, too, can enter online once EACH DAY until April 16. This is for a private concert for a child who can then invite 300 others (wow!). See all the details and enter the random sweepstakes here.

I did get a chance to hang with Miranda for awhile. We talked about her current college plans, her homeschool studies, her upcoming album and about her favorite afterschool memories. Having been a latch-key kid, I always have these idealized fantasies of kids remembering the home-baked cookies. Nope. Instead she remembers her faux baseball team. Awesome. Thanks Miranda for being so nice to my kid.

Related: Quaker Chewy Afterschool Rocks with Miranda Cosgrove by Mom Generations

Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • Angela

    March 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Excellent. My kids ADORE Miranda Cosgrove. (Meredith loves her style as well as her music!)

  • Coach LT

    March 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

    WOW… I stumbled on this article this morning out of curiosity and I just could not let it go without commenting and venting too.
    I am a part time coach and mother of two girls (4 going on 50, & and an 8 yr old).
    It bleeds my heart when you have these politicians and political representatives say they are for the children. Most of these public and private school don’t have an after school program to assist the kids and in the same breath assist the parents that work a 9-5 or 8-4 and that are single parents.
    They claim there is no money in the budget to facilitate or keep half of these schools open. When are we going to stop robbing these kids of a meaningful education and a real shot at a success life if we cut everything to aid and assist them in being a more responsible, accountable, self confidence, fighter and knowledgeable human being.
    We wake a big stink about building a stadium for the Jets in downtown Brooklyn, NY but we have no consideration for the families that we are putting out in the street that has invested time and energy into their property. WE NEED TO STOP!!!
    There are no facilities accessible to accommodate these kids and some where they can go and be themselves and learn more about themselves and about responsibility. I the whole of Brooklyn, NY there are roughly seven (7) Armory’s that can be used as a sporting complex or arena for these kids. The city has them housing the homeless and as shelters. You’re telling me that in one of the biggest boroughs in the city they can’t renovate these abandon buildings and turn them into a shelter? Come on be REAL and TRUE to yourselves.
    Ask yourselves these questions:
    • Does my kid have an outlet?
    • Does he or she have a safe haven to go to be amongst their pairs that is safe and accountable?
    • A tutor to assist my child(ren) in their weak areas?
    • Where does a low income parent(s) go for help for their child(ren)?
    How do we give our youths of today a standing fighting chance in this place that we call home, land of the free (I think not) Home of the brave (With a pistol in their hand?.. You’re wrong, dead and wrong!!!!
    In closing I commend those that take an active role in supporting after school programs. Let’s keep on fighting and standing up for the right and not the wrong.
    “This is New York, a concrete jungle, where DREAMs are made”
    Coach LT