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Dr. Sheronda Fleming
Public School Forum of NC

The NC Center for Afterschool Programs Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Lights On Afterschool at the Governor’s Executive Mansion

RALEIGH, NC (October 7, 2019) – The Public School Forum’s NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) is proud to announce that it will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the annual nationwide event, Lights On Afterschool, with North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper and Dr. Terry Peterson, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, After School Alliance and National Education Advisor to the Mott Foundation, on October 15, 2019 at 2:30pm at the Executive Mansion in downtown Raleigh.

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year.

The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to learn new things—such as science, community service, robotics, Tae Kwon Do and poetry—and discover new skills. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

NC CAP’s celebration of Lights on Afterschool at the Executive Mansion will take place on October 15 at 2:30pm. The event is by invitation only. During the event, First Lady Cooper will read this year’s proclamation commemorating October 24, 2019 as North Carolina’s 20th Lights On Afterschool Day.

The Afterschool Alliance is calling on afterschool programs across the country to mark the 20th anniversary on October 24, 2019. More than 8,000 communities and 1 million Americans are expected to hold events celebrating afterschool programs for this year’s Lights On Afterschool anniversary across North Carolina and the entire country. To find a local event, visit this link; to register your own Lights on Afterschool event, click here.

For questions, please contact Dr. Sheronda Fleming at or 919.781.6833 x 135.

About the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP)

As North Carolina’s only center dedicated to serving the afterschool and expanded learning community, the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) leads and supports a network of over 6,000 providers. NC CAP is a part of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Our work impacts 160,000 K-12 students in the afterschool community throughout the state. We support the afterschool and expanded learning community by advocating and helping to shape policy, providing professional development opportunities, and bringing together state and national stakeholders. Follow us on Twitter @ncafterschool and visit our website at The Synergy Conference is the only statewide conference that convenes providers of out-of-school time programs, educators and community stakeholders.

About the Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of public schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at


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