April 3, 2019
Join the ND Afterschool Network for Afterschool Day on the Hill in Bismarck on April 3, 2019! We'll gather indoors from 10am-2pm at the State Capitol Building to showcase the amazing afterschool programs throughout our state.
Students, parents, programs, and afterschool professionals from across the state are welcome to join. A limited number of booth space is available, please notifty network lead, Kristin Krile, at email@example.com or 701-446-3195 if you'd like to dispaly or feature your program.
Anyone can advocate for afterschool. It is important to note that, if your program is federally funded, you may not use your federal dollars to lobby elected officials. You can, however, communicate the successes of your program and hopes for continued support. In order for our field to grow so we can reach all North Dakota students, it is important that we promote and educate the value of afterschool programs not just when we need to, but all of the time! This extends to policymakers, potential funders & partners, youth, parents, businesses & more.
Afterschool Day on the Hill is a great way to give students in your program a look at the legislative process, get to know your legislators, and connect with afterschool champions.
Recap of 2017 Day on the Hill:
On March 9, 2017 afterschool students from West fargo, Dickinson, Jamestown, Bismarck and Grafton gathered at the ND Capitol's Memorial Hall to educate and showcase the importance of out-of-school time, but also got to have A LOT of FUN with legislators!
Student-led activities included underwater remote-controlled vehicles; Makey Makey (innovative project that combines the tactile materials of the classroom with the coding projects students create on the computer to bring their creations to life); motor-operated K'Nex cars and ferris wheel; milk rainbows (creating chemical reactions with powdered sugar and food coloring); Mindworks (hands-on, interactive, educational materials that engage students in multi-sensory learning experiences) and robotics.
The day kept building with excitement as students received a visit from N.D. Governor Burgum PLUS an invitation from Lieutenant Governor Sanford to sit in the House and Senate balconies during session. It was an amazing opportunity for students to experience government first hand. After seeing the legislators in action, one student proudly shared, "This is what I want to do when I grow up!"