More than 1 million Americans celebrate Lights On Afterschool at 8,000+ events across the country.
For this year's Lights On Afterschool, youth and parent voices are more important than ever before! Make your event an opportunity to connect with local, state, and federal elected officials by organizing a site visit or hosting an advocacy activity as part of your celebration.
Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their role in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn and helping working families. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and annually sees more than 1 million Americans celebrate at more than 8,000 events nationwide.
Youth Talent Show & Healthy Living Expo
In celebration of Lights On Afterschool, Higher Learning Academy hosted a community event on October 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The event featured a talent show, a Scholastic book fair, a dance routine and numerous booths. The talent show included 15 student acts ranging from dance numbers to vocal performances. As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, students and teachers performed the “Let’s Move” dance routine in order to spread awareness of the campaign to combat childhood obesity.
Additionally, there were several health-focused booths sponsored by afterschool programs, including a California Champions booth that informed families on healthy living and a Health Education Council booth that dressed up kids as fruits and vegetables. At other booths, participants enjoyed face painting, played carnival games and entered raffles to win prizes. The event featured refreshments and a DJ. As many as 200 people attended the celebration.