Are you ready to celebrate? Register your program today!
Pennsylvania is consistently a leader in celebrating Lights On Afterschool, but in order for us to demonstrate this commitment, programs need to register. It is vitally important that public officials know about and attend a Lights On Afterschool event. Let’s work together to make this the best celebration yet!
The Pennsylvania State Capitol will be lit in yellow as a celebratory gesture for the event and in coordination with the iconic Empire State Building, which will light up the New York City skyline in support of Lights On Afterschool.
Programs often choose to take a literal approach to shine a light on afterschool programs when they plan their celebrations. From lighting up landmarks to aiming the spotlight closer to home, here is what you need to know to help your event shine.
Create the Best Lights On Afterschool Celebration
Show off the Commonwealth’s Support for LOA
Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed October 24 as Lights On Afterschool Day in recognition of the important role of afterschool programs in Pennsylvania. In his proclamation, Governor Wolf, noted the “invaluable role afterschool programs have in providing quality education and supporting our working families” and also stated that “the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stands firmly committed to quality afterschool programs and opportunities because they provide safe, challenging and engaging learning experiences that help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills.”
Post a copy of Governor Wolf’s proclamation at your program entrance!
The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives are in the process of creating Lights On Afterschool Resolutions. Check the weekly e-blast for a download link to a copy of these resolutions closer to October 24.
Take a photo mimicking the Lights On Afterschool logo (see photo below) and post it on social media with the hashtags #LightbulbChallenge and #LightsOnAfterschool. Then challenge your followers to do the same.
Policymakers at every level of government are critical allies in expanding the resources available to support afterschool programs. Consider inviting them to your event.
Utilizing Social Media
Lights On Afterschool is the biggest day of the year for afterschool to make a splash online, get trending and share with new audiences about the impact of afterschool programs.
Display the LOA Poster
Print the LOA poster and display it together with the Governor’s proclamation and House and Senate Resolutions at your program entrance, or anywhere else.
Print Light Bulb Coloring Sheets
Use the reproducible light bulb to create a vibrant visual at your event and convey your afterschool message. Turn the completed bulbs into a string of afterschool lights and use them to cover the walls of your hallway or display them as a colorful backdrop for kids’ presentations during Lights On Afterschool. Deliver your light bulbs to your local Congressional district as a follow-up to your event or send the art directly to the congressional district in your state.
PSAYDN encourages you to take photos of your LOA celebration and send the images to them. You may find one published in one of their future e-blasts!
Media contact: Aylissa Kiely, (717) 903-0219