Event Ideas & Activities
Lights On Afterschool celebrations might be a parent open house, a breakfast summit for local leaders, a student performance, a town parade, a candlelight vigil, a community fashion show, a battle of the bands, or as simple as providing information to parents about how they can become advocates... just about anything that works for your community and program.
- Performances and demonstrations of afterschool activities, for example yoga, karate, mural painting, literacy games, chess, debate, raps, skits, dance, music and spoken word
- Decorate light bulb art
- Ask attendees to show their support for afterschool by signing the national afterschool petition Invite special guest speakers: parents, local elected officials, the superintendent, youth, mayor, Member of Congress, local celebrities, etc.
- Students can issue a challenge to the community to provide afterschool for all
- Parents can speak about their need for safe, stimulating programs for their kids while they work
- Program staff can describe the positive changes they have witnessed among youth participants
- Students can give testimonials to the impact afterschool has had on their lives
- Policy makers and community leaders can talk about the status of afterschool locally
- Involve community partners to help illustrate how afterschool serves as a focal point in the community
- Use contests, performances, artwork, essays, and demonstrations to emphasize your message
- Offer an afterschool program tour for local leaders and media
- Invite parents and guests to take part in afterschool activities
- Unveil a proclamation signed by the community, mayor or governor
- Provide a snack or potluck dinner
- Create contests and competitions (kids versus adults or kids versus kids)
- Recruit sponsors or sell items to raise funds for your program (see Lights On Afterschool items available for order)
- Partner with a local restaurant or business to hold a fundraiser
Case Studies: Find Tips from Lights On Afterschool event organizers. Also, summaries of dozens of events held last year, organized by state.
Literacy Activities: Reading is Fundamental, the nation's largest children's literacy organization, has put together a list of fun and engaging literacy activities that can be incorporated into your Lights On Afterschool event.