IDEA Rio Grande Valley Shines Bright with Afterschool Programs

IDEA scholars, parents, and community leaders from the IDEA Rio Grande Valley region are rallying for afterschool programs this week as part of Lights On Afterschool. This event celebrates the achievements of afterschool students and draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised each weekday afternoon.  

IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley is proud to be home to 23 of approximately 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events taking place across the nation this month to emphasize the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school.  

Some 24.7 million U.S. children not in an afterschool program would be enrolled, if a program were available to them, according to a survey of nearly 1,500 parents commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance and conducted by Edge Research in May and June of 2022. That is the highest number ever recorded.  

Unmet demand for afterschool programs is significantly higher among Latino and Black children (at 60% and 54% respectively) than children overall (49%). Cost is the top barrier to enrolling, cited by 57% of parents as a reason for not enrolling their child. Ninety percent of parents rate the quality of the program their child attends as excellent (51%) or very good (39%). 

Afterschool programs at IDEA in the Rio Grande Valley provide homework assistance, mentoring, tutoring, and classes and clubs in sports, music, mathematics, chess, and dozens of other subjects.

Attend an Official Lights On Afterschool Event Near You

Visit an official Lights On Afterschool event in the Rio Grande Valley to see the impact of out-of-school programs. Click on the campus name listed to visit their Facebook page and learn more about each event.  

Campus  Event  Date 
IDEA North Mission  Lights On Afterschool Parade  Wednesday, October 25 
IDEA Alamo  Lights On Afterschool – IDEA Alamo  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Harlingen  Lights On After School at IDEA Harlingen  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Weslaco Pike  Lights On Afterschool “Trunk or Treat”  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA San Benito  Lights on After School “Trunk or Treat”  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Edinburg  Lights On Afterschool “Trunk or Treat”  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Mission  Lights on After School IDEA Mission  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Weslaco    Lights on After School Community Pep Rally  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA San Juan  Shine Bright – Lights On After School Event   Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Rio Grande City  Lights on After School at IDEA Rio Grande City  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Tres Lagos  Lights On After School Trunk or Treat Event  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA La Joya  Lights on After School Event  Thursday, October 26 
IDEA Frontier  Lights On Afterschool – IDEA Frontier  Friday, October 27 
IDEA Quest  Lights on After School – IDEA Quest Trunk or Treat  Friday, October 27 


IDEA Elsa  Lights on After School – Spooktacular Night  Friday, October 27 


IDEA Palmview  Lights On Afterschool – Fall Festival  Friday, October 27 


IDEA Riverview  Lights On Afterschool Dean Porter Park Pavilion  Friday, October 27 


IDEA Donna  Lights on After School at IDEA Donna  Friday, October 27 


IDEA McAllen  Lights on After School- Fall Festival   Friday, October 27 


IDEA Robindale  “Lights On Afterschool: Afterschool Moves & Grooves” Event   Friday, October 27 


IDEA Los Encinos  Lights on After School Trunk or Treat  Saturday, October 28, 2023 
IDEA Pharr  Light the Night- Lights On After School Event   Wednesday, November 1, 2023 

Lights On Afterschool is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to quality afterschool programs. More information on the Afterschool Alliance and Lights On Afterschool is available at  

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