Lights On Afterschool 2018 was marked by communities flipping the light switches of gyms, clubhouses, classrooms, and parks across America in an effort to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for children. Similarly, recognizable landmarks coast to coast recognized the valuable contributions of their community’s afterschool programs by proudly shining their lights for all to see.
The landmarks that joined 1 million Americans in celebrating afterschool were as diverse as the programs themselves. Some notable highlights included:
The Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge in Nashville, TN:
The Orlando Eye in Orlando, FL:
The Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA:
The Indianapolis Power & Light building in (you guessed it) Indianapolis, IN:
The Dallas, TX skyline:
The M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, home of the Baltimore Ravens:
Wondering why M&T bank stadium lights are white instead of the usual purple. The Baltimore Ravens and Maryland Stadium Authority are helping us celebrate #LightsOnAfterschool. Afterschool programs transform children's lives and support families. But just 16% of Maryland's young people have access. Stay connected to MOST to learn more about what you can do to make a difference!
and of course the Empire State Building in NYC:
We’re so grateful and excited that folks from across the country celebrated afterschool programs in such a proud and prominent way—we can’t wait until next year’s 20th anniversary of Lights On Afterschool to see who will show up!
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