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Join Millions of Americans in Celebrating Lights On After School!

You are cordially invited to the brightest party around: please join Afterschool Alliance for Lights On Afterschool!


On Thursday, October 25, one million Americans will rally at 8,000 afterschool programs across the country for Lights On Afterschool, the nation’s only rally for afterschool. It’s a day to celebrate out-of-school time learning programs and everything they do to keep our kids safe and engaged after the school bell rings—including offering physical activity, nutrition, and nutrition education activities that complement and reinforce the healthy meals, structured physical education, and health and nutrition education offered as part of the school day.

Here’s a sample of how afterschool programs celebrated last year:

  • A climbing competition was put on by After-School All Stars New York, which celebrated how health, nutrition, and determination can allow you to succeed in physical endeavors. Water, fruits, and healthy snacks were enjoyed by all at the event!
  • Lynchburg, VA’s Perrymont Elementary hosted healthy cooking demonstrations for the families at the 21st Century Community Learning Center program. The event was run in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, and afterwards there was a “farmers’ market” where families could take home the produce and ingredients they saw in in the demonstration.
  • A “’Fall’ into Health & Wellness” event put on by the Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County in Tennessee featured an anti-bullying rally, hula hoop and jump rope competition, zumba, smoothies, and glow-in-the-dark sports games!

Find an event near you to celebrate on October 25! In addition to in-person events happening nationwide, we’re keeping the party going online: strike a pose for the Lightbulb Challenge or visit #LightsOnAfterschool on social media!

As we celebrate afterschool and summer learning programs and the health opportunities they present for our kids, we are thrilled to be able to share the newly-refreshed Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards 2.0 from the National AfterSchool Association. These up-to-date, evidence-based, practical quality standards for providing children with healthy food, drinks, and physical activity are designed specifically for out-of-school time programs and are free to use. The standards have been recently refreshed to be more user-friendly and practical, with revamped details and recommendations for offering the best of health and wellness programming to young people.


Want to stay up to date on how to keep children active after school? Click here to visit our Out-of-School Time toolkit and to sign up for the Voices for Healthy Kids Action Team!