Although a few months late in posting, we still want to highlight the fun events put on to celebrate the nationally recognized Lights on Afterschool day, Oct. 20. Below we’ve shared some highlights of not just our own out-of-school-time programs, but also a couple others from across the state that participated. Each program works with kids in their own unique ways and we love seeing the creativity in learning they each bring to the children in their communities.
- On Oct. 19, Lamoure’s MOST Afterschool Program joined more than 8,000 communities in celebrating afterschool programs for this year’s Light’s On Afterschool. This nationwide event calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open.
- Lamoure held a Family night at the Lamoure school. Gourds were painted and given to the residents of Rosewood Court as part of the program’s community service learning project.
- The Lamoure’s MOST program currently serves 15 youth in Lamoure, providing them with a safe place to go after the school day ends.
- This year’s LOA event fell on the day’s of the Walsh County Fair. NDSU Extension specialists from Grand Forks, Pembina, and Walsh County have been awesome partners and provided meaningful STEM programming on a regular basis for the afterschool students in our three counties for many years. They do everything from giving 4-H Cloverbud lessons on a regular basis to teaching junior master gardening every Friday during summer school to parent education classes.
- This year, Grafton entered students’ art exhibits created in the afterschool program at the Walsh County Fair. The program purchased enough admission wristbands for 20 families of four who have never attended the fair to use on Oct. 20 to be able to view their child’s artwork, visit exhibits and take in the activities of the fair. Everyone loves to wander and explore the barns filled with beef, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry and don’t forget to take part in mutton busting!
- Something totally different–Midway students celebrated by baking and decorating “light bulb” cookies and then putting on fake moustaches and hats and taking a “distinguished guests” photo. St. Thomas students decorated light bulbs for the post office window and asked everyone in town to keep their porch light on Oct. 20!
- LOA Afterschool Halloween Party was held Oct. 28 at the elementary school. It ran from 5:30-7:30pm and provided lots of games, face painting, food… and of course CANDY!
- Lights On for Bingo! K-5 students and their families enjoyed an evening of bingo on Oct. 17 from 6:15-7:30pm. Prizes were awarded, Student Writing Contest winners were announced (judged by the N.D. State Library staff).