You Survived Lights On Afterschool. Now What?

Congratulate yourself for hosting a successful Lights On Afterschool event and celebrating with the more than 9,000 afterschool programs that hosted events across the country! But as you may have guessed, the work isn’t quite over yet. Don’t forget to thank all the school and elected officials and local businesses that helped make your Lights On Afterschool event the best yet!

Customize and send the sample thank you letter below to any local, state or federal dignitary who attended. A handwritten note is best, but an email is acceptable. If sending handwritten notes, consider having youth from your program write some thank you notes, too!

Sample Thank You Letter

[Your Program Letterhead]


[The Honorable Jane Doe
500 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear [Senator Doe]:

Thank you for taking the time to attend our [Bright Lights Afterschool Program] Lights On Afterschool celebration last month. The youth, parents and program staff enjoyed meeting you and sharing some of our students’ activities and successes.

I hope seeing the afterschool program in action helped demonstrate the invaluable hands-on learning opportunities it offers children and youth each weekday afternoon.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. They are cost-effective and critical to student success. They need and deserve support from government, as well as private philanthropies, businesses and others.

I look forward to meeting with you again to further discuss the ways we can work together to ensure that afterschool programs stay open and are able to serve all the children in [name of community]. Thank you again for making time to visit with us.


[Your Name]
[Phone Number]
[E-mail Address]

This story originally appeared in the Afterschool Advocate (Vol. 13, Issue 11).

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