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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.

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.

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Interested in planning an event for Lights On Afterschool in YOUR community? Afterschool Alliance provides event ideas and themes to inspire your celebration!

Lights On Afterschool is the biggest day of the year for afterschool to make a splash online, get trending, and reach new audiences about the impact of afterschool programs. Tap into resources in the Social Media Toolkit for pre-written posts and graphics.  

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