Lights On Afterschool

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

Register your program for the 20th Annual Lights On Afterschool celebration!

Tell the Afterschool Alliance how you plan to celebrate! When you register your event as an official Lights On Afterschool celebration, you will receive a starter kit that includes 10 free posters to help with promotion, and you’ll be eligible for weekly prizes.

2018 Lights On Celebration at Falls Park in Sioux Falls

Lights On Afterschool 2018 — Falls Park, Sioux Falls

Celebrate the 20th annual Lights On Afterschool Oct. 24, 2019!

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

The first statewide observance of Lights On Afterschool took place on Oct. 16, 2010 at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The South Dakota School Age Care Alliance and the South Dakota Afterschool Network hosted the event to focus local, state and national attention on the importance of quality afterschool programs. Featuring a chili supper, youth performers and a special lighting ceremony, the event also had national speakers. Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant joined Dr. Paul Young, President of the National Afterschool Association, along with other state and local speakers and participants. Afterschool providers, students, families and community leaders attended the event to focus on the benefits of afterschool programs for children, their families, communities and the state’s economy. Approximately 230 people attended the event.

South Dakota has celebrated ‘Lights On’ with a variety of events throughout the years. Other lighting events have also been held at the Center of the Nation Monument in Belle Fourche, the Falls of the Big Sioux in Sioux Falls, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, and the Kevin Costner Tatanka Sculpture located in Deadwood.