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, NE community for over 25 years.
Who does Bright Lights serve?
Classes are offered for students in post-K through post-ninth grade or the grade the student is in on April 1st of the year the Bright Lights class is taken.
Where is the program held?
The main program site is at Randolph Elementary School, 1024 S. 37th St. The remaining classes are held at community classroom sites. See Locations.
When is it held?
For 2014, the program weeks will be June 2-6, June 16-20, and July 7-11 in half-day classes from 9 am - noon or 1 - 4 pm, or day camps from 9 am - 4 pm. See Program Weeks.
When and how do I get a copy of the class schedule?
The Class Schedule is available by mid-March at www.brightlights.org. A printed brochure is available in the April edition of Lincoln Public Schools "Free Times" or by calling the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115 x43.
When does registration begin?
Registration begins annually April 1 at noon.
How can I register?
Register online at www.brightlights.org OR register by mail. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and mail-in registrations are processed by postmark.
Is Bright Lights a program for identified gifted or high ability students only?
No. Bright Lights offers an array of content-rich classes that engages students and builds both their academic and non-academic skills. It allows students to pursue educational activities in focused areas of interest and maximizes their out of school time (OST) in expanded learning opportunities (ELO).
How many students are in a Bright Lights class?
Primary classes average 17 students, while intermediate and middle-school classes average 20. With one teacher and two assistants, each class has a staff to student ratio of approximately 1:7.
Can I register a child not from Nebraska?
Yes. Bright Lights has no residency requirements.
How do I pay for classes?
Payment must accompany your registration. Visa and MC are accepted ONLINE ONLY.
What are class fees?
Class fees cover needed specific materials, lab expenses, or field trip fees for that particular class.
What is the tuition cost?
Half-day classes: Option A: $115 Option B: $145 Option C: $175
Camps: Option A: $230 Option B: $290 Option C: $350
Why Option Pricing?
At Bright Lights, we have come up with a more creative way to meet the financial demands it takes to operate our summer program. For a half-day class, our actual cost is $193, and an all-day camp is $386. We are able to offer these reduced rates (Option A-C) as a result of the generous financial support of our donors in the community and other Bright Lights friends and families.
What are the prices?
Option A is a reduced rate from our actual costs, and does not reflect the true cost of operating. Option B is a partially reduced rate for families that can afford a little more. Option C more accurately accounts for actual costs, including teacher and assistant background checks, health and safety, classroom supplies, insurance and much more.
How do I select my price?
Tuition Option Pricing in no way influences the experience your child will receive while attending Bright Lights. You should look at the rate descriptions and determine the rate that is appropriate for your family. This program is completely voluntary. No preferential treatment for enrollment will be given for selecting Option B or Option C.
Will taking Option B or Option C qualify as a tax deduction?
No. The donation opportunity is available as you complete your registration.
How will I know if my child is registered?
Online registrants will receive an immediate registration confirmation after submitting payment online. All students registering online will receive a final class/camp confirmation by email. Those registering by mail will receive their final confirmation by mail or email, as requested when registering, towards the end of May.
What financial aid is available?
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 class or a day camp. Applications will be accepted through online or mail-in registration. More information can be found on the "Scholarships" information page.
What are the Students' Classroom Expectations?
Please see Bright Lights Registration Guidelines and Policies.
What is Bright Lights refund policy?
A processing fee of $30 for each class/camp will be charged if a student withdraws on or before May 17. After May 17, no refunds will be issued. See our Fees/Payments/Refunds on the Registration Form page.(Exact date for 2014 TBD.)
Is all-day care available?
Yes, Before Care and Lunch Care are available at the main program site only. Before Care is available from 7:30-9:00 a.m at a cost of $15 for the week. Lunch hour supervision is available for $10 if a student has registered for both a morning and an afternoon class. Students must provide their own sack lunch.
Is transportation available to Bright Lights classes?
Yes. Free busing is available for all Bright Lights students to/from the main program site for the morning sessions during week one and three from selected Lincoln Public Schools elementary buildings. A signed Permission Form is required and must be mailed to the Bright Lights office. Please check the bus transportation schedulefor additional details.
What medical support is available at Bright Lights?
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.
Teachers, Classroom Assistants, and Volunteers:
Who are Bright Lights teachers?
About 50% of Bright Lights teachers currently teacher or have taught for Lincoln Public Schools. The remaining 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 link for additional details about the pay and requirements. Please contact Pam by clicking “Contact Us” above if interested in teaching a summer class.
What if I want to assist in a class?
Classroom assistants are volunteers. Applications are accepted online annually from mid-February through mid-March. Post ninth grade, college students, and adults may apply. Assistants may volunteer for more than one class or assist as a summer office volunteer. Background checks are completed on volunteers 19 years and older. See Classroom Assistant Application.
Can I be an office volunteer during the school year?
Volunteers are needed in the Bright Lights office during the school year to assist with photocopying, data input, preparing mailings, special projects, and general office duties. If interested, please complete the Volunteer Application.
How do I donate to Bright Lights?
Bright Lights, Inc. is a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. Our federal ID number is #47-0708499. Bright Lights is not currently supported by tax dollars or the United Way.
Program costs include teacher and assistant background checks, health and safety, busing, need-based scholarships, classroom rental, and insurance. With your generous tax deductible donation, you will help close the gap between the actual cost versus the tuition charge, making tuition more affordable to more families. (The actual cost of a class is $193, and the tuition charge is $115). Donations are accepted online or by mail. You can make a difference with your gift!
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 or health and safety initiatives, or may be directed to support the annual fund.
Donations may also be made in memory or in celebration of someone. Certificates will be mailed recognizing this honor.
The Galaxy Club is for those who would like to make a gift or a planned gift to Bright Lights. 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 Beth at 402-420-1115, ext. 45, or send us an e-mail by clicking "Contact Us" above.
To make a donation, see our Donor page.