By Robert Abare
Exactly 8,200 events held across the USA and the world make this year's Lights On Afterschool the biggest and brightest since the rally first began 17 years ago! One million people joined together to shine a light on the accomplishments of afterschool programs and to say 'thank you' for all the benefits they provide to communities and working families.
Here are 6 things that made Lights On Afterschool 2016 truly shine:
1. We kicked off Lights On Afterschool with Learn Fresh, NBA Math Hoops, the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings on a big national stage—a game between the Warriors and Kings at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA!
2. The U.S. Senate issued a bipartisan proclamation in support of Lights On Afterschool.
3. The Empire State Building glowed yellow on the evening of Lights On Afterschool, October 20.
4. 44 states issued official Lights On Afterschool proclamations to honor afterschool programs.
5. Exactly 8,200 Lights On events were held around the world!
6. 641 people signed the petition to ask for greater investments in afterschool.
Did you host a Lights On Afterschool event this year? If so, we want to hear from you! Send us your photos and any highlights to firstname.lastname@example.org.