Afterschool Alliance Celebrates 9th Annual Lights On Afterschool

The Empire State Building was a beacon of yellow light as it once again heralded the Afterschool Alliance Lights On Afterschool campaign. On October 16, 2008, one million Americans participated in the more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool events across the country. 

From Addison, Maine to Los Angeles, California, small towns and big cities rallied to show their support for afterschool programs, commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and the support provided to afterschool initiatives. Program providers and advocates held events to demonstrate the many ways afterschool programs assist America's families and communities

Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant promised, “In these uncertain economic times, we will send a strong message that the afterschool programs that keep our kids safe, inspire them to learn, and helping working families are more important than ever.”

In Fairbanks, Alaska, public officials, local leaders, and students decorated trees with energy-efficient holiday lights to represent afterschool organizations in the community. The trees will remain illuminated throughout the winter to show ongoing support for afterschool programs.

Dignitaries turned out in full force in North Beach, Maryland to celebrate the grand opening of a new $2 million Bayside Boys & Girls Club in honor of Lights On Afterschool. Governor Martin O’Malley, State Senate President Mike Miller, North Beach Mayor Michael Bojokles, and school superintendents took part in the festivities.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a city that suffered great damage from the spring and summer storms and flooding, highlighted the ways that afterschool programs help working families as they recover from personal and community-wide loss.

About Afterschool Alliance
Established in 2000, the Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. Having grown from public awareness efforts undertaken by the Mott Foundation through an unprecedented, public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Education to expand afterschool programs through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Afterschool Alliance seeks to further engage public will to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. Individuals everywhere can show their support for the Afterschool Alliance all year round through the organization’s new Facebook page. For more information about the Afterschool Alliance, visit