Celebrate ‘lights on afterschool’ October 24th, 2019!
Nationwide, youth spend 80% of their waking hours outside of the school day. More than 18,000 Montana children attend programs after the school day ends. Lights On Afterschool is an annual, nationwide action that invites community members to celebrate the achievements of afterschool students by visiting a local event. Participants enjoy site tours, educational classes, STEM activities, tutoring assistance, talent shows and more!
Hosting a LOA event?
START HERE: The Afterschool Alliance has a comprehensive list of tools, ideas and materials to help you design and host an event tailored to your program and community. This includes sample press releases and customizable one page info sheets to share with attendees or to drop in the mail for those who can’t make it. You should also register your event there. It lets people all over the state know what you’re doing and shows the magnitude of enthusiasm for afterschool in Montana.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Your celebration and activities are meant to increase awareness and support for your program specifically and afterschool programs in general. Invite the folks from your community that you’d like to engage and/or thank for their support. Invitations by mail or email are great, but a personal phone call will be an important strategy for making sure they know you value their attendance - and it’s a great opportunity to have a personal chat if they are unable to attend.
State Legislators (and candidates!)
Current or Potential Funders and Volunteers
PROMOTE YOUR EVENT: Advertising and soliciting coverage of your event will help with the larger goal of awareness, beyond just those in attendance.
Press Release - include high resolution pictures of your program!
Ads/Briefs/Letters to the editor in local newspaper
Posts and ads on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter - use #LightsOnAfterschool
Invitations to local school staff and administration
NO EVENT? You can still invite people to observe your program: Getting to see what your program looks like on a normal day can be just as valuable, if not more. A simple phone call to invite them will give you a chance for a personal conversation, even if they can’t join you on the day.