The Afterschool Alliance‘s annual Lights On Afterschool event is a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families, and communities. Lights On was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide.  The following year 3,600 events took place.  Today, more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting 1 million Americans and media coverage nationwide. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement, and generates media coverage across the country each year. The event spreads a powerful message: that millions of more children need quality afterschool programs. BACR has celebrated the event for many years, and we had another successful turnout this year!