Afterschool programs and communities throughout the nation celebrated Lights On Afterschool on October 20, 2016. Over 8,000 events were held across the nation in 2016, and here in Vermont we had 47 events.
Lights On Afterschool is a day set aside across the nation to celebrate the important work being done in afterschool programs. Vermont Afterschool, in partnership with the nationwide organization Afterschool Alliance, encourages afterschool programs across the state to participate in Lights On Afterschool events every fall.
VTDigger article about 2016 events:
Governor Peter Shumlin signed a proclamation officially making Lights On Afterschool Day in Vermont for 2016. Governor Shumlin knows how important it is to keep the lights on after school. Here’s what he had to say:
“Lights On Afterschool is a celebration of afterschool programs promoting the critical importance of quality programs for youth by ensuring lights stay on and doors remain open for all youth during the out-of-school-time hours. Therefore, I do hereby proclaim October 20, 2016, as Lights On Afterschool Day.”
Vermont Afterschool, Inc. is pleased to announce that we were able to offer Lights On Afterschool Mini Grants for 2016. These mini-grants were offered to support local afterschool programs in helping offset event costs. This year we granted 20 stipends of $250 each.