Afterschool programs and communities throughout the nation will celebrate Lights On Afterschool on October 22, 2020. 

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.

Governor’s Proclamation

Governor Peter Shumlin signed a proclamation officially making Lights On Afterschool Day in Vermont for 2019. 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 26, 2019, as Lights On Afterschool Day.”

Lights On Afterschool Resources

  • The Afterschool Alliance provides an online toolkit that includes invitation templates, downloadable logos, event ideas, and more.
  • Register your event with the Afterschool Alliance here.
  • Want a simple way to celebrate? Host an open house evening for families with pumpkin decorating, cider donuts, and/or a harvest meal. Some programs will identify older students who serve as tour guides to take visitors around and show them the space.
  • Use our Communications Toolkit to build an overview sheet of your program to distribute; easy to use template and examples from Vermont programs are also available.