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Students & Registration

  • What is Bright Lights?

    Bright Lights, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has offered summer learning adventures to elementary and middle school students in the Lincoln, Nebraska community since 1987.

  • Who does Bright Lights serve?

    Half-day classes and full-day camps are available for students who have completed kindergarten through 8th grade, or the grade the student is in on March 24 of the year the Bright Lights class is taken.

  • The main program site is at Holmes Elementary School, 5230 Sumner Street. The remaining classes are held at community classroom sites.

  • For 2018, the program weeks will be June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, and July 9-13. Half-day classes are from 9 AM-12 PM or 1-4 PM. Full-day camps are from 9 AM-4 PM.

  • The Class Schedule is available on this website in February. A printed brochure is available in the March edition of the Lincoln Public Schools' "Community News." You may request a copy by clicking "Contact Us" below or by calling the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115 x43.

  • When does registration begin?

    Registration begins March 24, 2018 at 8 AM.

  • Register online at BrightLights.org.

  • Is Bright Lights a program for identified gifted or high-ability students only?

    No. Bright Lights' diverse and content-rich classes engage students and build both their academic and non-academic skills. The half-day class and full-day camp opportunities allow students to pursue educational activities in focused areas of interest and to maximize their out of school time in expanded learning opportunities.

  • How many students are in a Bright Lights class?

    Primary classes average 17 students, while intermediate and middle-school classes average 20 students. With one teacher and two assistants, each class has a staff to student ratio of approximately 1:7.

  • Can students from out of state register for classes?

    Yes. Bright Lights has no residency requirements and approximately 10% of our students each year come from outside the Lincoln area.

  • How do I pay for classes?

    Payment must accompany your registration. Credit cards are accepted ONLINE ONLY.

  • What is the Program Fee?

    Standard Program Fee
    Half-Day Class: $135
    Full-Day Camp: $270

    Voluntary Price Options
    Half-Day Class Option A: $150 ** Option B: $200 ** Option C: $230
    Full-Day Camp Option A: $300 ** Option B: $400 ** Option C: $460

  • The Standard Program Fee for a Bright Lights class covers only 54 percent of the actual program cost for a student to participate in one class or day camp. The Voluntary Price Options gives families the opportunity to help close the gap between the actual cost of $230/$460 for a class/camp versus the program fee of $125/$250. This extra contribution helps cover program costs associated with classroom supplies, classroom rentals, teacher salaries, background checks, health and safety and much more. The contribution is completely voluntary.

  • Will selecting Option A, B or C qualify as a tax deduction?

    Choosing price option A, B or C does not qualify as a tax deduction.

  • What are class fees?

    Class fees cover unique materials needed for a specific class, such as art supplies, rental fees, food for cooking classes, lab expenses or field trip fees.

  • Yes, Before Care and Lunch Care are available at Holmes Elementary School during Program Weeks 1, 4 and 5. Before Care is available from 7:30 - 9 AM at a cost of $15 for the week. Lunch Care is available from 12 - 1 PM for $10 for the week. Students must provide their own sack lunch. Lunch Care is also available during the International Program Week 3 at Lux Middle School. Registration is required for Before Care and Lunch Care. More information can be found by clicking on the link above.

  • How will I know if my child is registered?

    Registrants will receive an immediate email confirmation after submitting payment.

  • Scholarships are offered based on financial need and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each applicant is eligible for one partial scholarship for either a half-day class or a full-day camp. More information can be found by clicking on the link above.

  • What is Bright Lights' address and Federal EIN?

    Bright Lights, Inc.
    5561 South 48th Street, Suite 220
    Lincoln, NE 68516
    Federal EIN 47-0708499

  • What are the Student Classroom Expectations?

    Please see Bright Lights Policies and Registration Guidelines.

  • A minimum of $10 per class/camp will be charged if a student withdraws between March 24 through April 3. A minimum of $25 per class/camp will be charged if a student withdraws between April 4 through May 15. After May 15, no refunds will be issued.

    If your plans change, and your student is unable to attend their registered class, we will make every effort to place the student in an alternate choice.

    If you need to switch classes, contact the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115 ext. 45 or email registrations@brightlights.org. A student may be transferred to another class/camp at no additional charge. If you choose to sign your student up for another class/camp online and then want to cancel the initial class, the refund policy for cancellation will apply.

  • Free busing from select Lincoln Public Schools is available for all Bright Lights students to/from the main program site for the morning sessions during weeks 1, 4 and 5 . Parents/Guardians must agree to Behavioral Expectations for Those Who Ride the Bus before students may ride the bus. Please see the bus transportation schedule by clicking the link above.

  • A school nurse (LPN) is on staff at the main site when classes are in session. See the medical policy found in the Policies section by clicking the link above.


Teachers, Classroom Assistants and Volunteers

  • About 50% of Bright Lights teachers currently teach or have taught for Lincoln Public Schools. The remaining 50% come from other school districts, universities, or the community. Teachers must complete an interview process, pass a background check, and attend an orientation session each year. Visit the Teacher Information page by clicking the link above for additional details about the pay and requirements. Please contact the Education Coordinator by clicking “Contact Us” below if interested in teaching a summer class.

  • Classroom assistants are volunteers. Applications are accepted online annually beginning in March. High school students who have completed ninth grade or higher, college students, and adults may apply. Assistants may volunteer for more than one class and/or assist as a summer office volunteer. Background checks are completed on volunteers 19 years and older. See the Classroom Assistant Application by clicking the link above.

  • Volunteers are needed in the Bright Lights office during the school year to assist with photocopying, data entry, preparing mailings, special projects, and general office duties. If interested, please complete the Volunteer Application by clicking the link above.


Donors

  • Tax deductible donations help make the program cost more affordable to Bright Lights families. To make a donation, please visit our Donor page.

  • Can I direct a donation to a specific program area?

    Yes, designated donations are welcomed. Donations may be directed to a specific area of program costs, such as need-based scholarships, class sponsors, health and safety initiatives or the annual fund. Donations may be made in memory or in celebration of someone, and certificates will be mailed in recognition of this honor.

  • Bright Lights recognizes individuals who have designated Bright Lights as a beneficiary in his or her estate plan as a member of the Celestial Club. This includes gifts of appreciated assets, life insurance beneficiary designation, or in wills and living trusts.

For more information on donating to Bright Lights, please contact Lisa, Bright Lights Executive Director, at 402-420-1115 ext. 41 or click "Contact Us" below.

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