A project of the Afterschool Alliance

Sample Newsletter & Calendar Posting

Share this sample posting with community newsletters and calendars. Partners and supporters can use the sample to urge their networks to host Lights On Afterschool events.

Partner Announcement

Participate in Lights On Afterschool!

[Date of event]

Join more than 8,000 communities and 1 million Americans in celebrating afterschool programs for this year's Lights On Afterschool! This nationwide event, organized by the Afterschool Alliance, calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. [Your organization] is proud to be a Lights On Afterschool partner.

Too many American children—19.4 million—are missing out on afterschool opportunities. Participate in Lights On Afterschool and help call attention to this important issue.

To learn more about Lights On Afterschool, register an event, access event planning tools, or to find out what’s going on in your area on [date of event], visit afterschoolalliance.org.  Those who register will receive free Lights On Afterschool posters to help promote their event, and their events will be promoted to media and the public by the Afterschool Alliance.  Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs.

Program Announcement

Lights On Afterschool Rally, [date of event]


On [date of event], [program name] will hold a science fair as part of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide rally for afterschool programs that is expected to see more than 1 million Americans attend more than 8,000 events this year. At [your program]'s event, parents and supporters will sign a petition that urges lawmakers not to deny or divert funding for afterschool programs. 

[Program name]'s Lights On Afterschool event will be at [location and time].  [A brief description of event and activities]. Special guests will include [notable guests, ie: mayor, school superintendent, local celebrity, policy maker].  [Program name] currently serves [#] youth in [your community/city/or state], providing them a safe place to go after the school day ends.

[All community members] are invited to attend.  For further information about the event, please contact [Your name] at [your phone/email address].  For more information about Lights On Afterschool or about afterschool programs in general, visit www.afterschoolalliance.org.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. According to data from the Afterschool Alliance, 11.3 million children are without adult supervision in the afternoon hours.