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Light Up Lakota

Every spring, Lakota hosts an event to allow parents, students, staff and the community at-large to share in the great things happening around Lakota. 

"Light Up Lakota" shines the spotlight on the coursework, classroom lessons, and other school and district programs and initiatives that directly support the four pillars of Lakota’s strategic plan: WE are Personalized; WE are Future Ready; WE are Fiscally Responsible; and WE are In This Together. 

"Light Up Lakota" is the next iteration of Lakota’s former “State of the Schools” tradition. All 23 Lakota schools participate in the school showcase, highlighting a special program at their building.

The event gives the community the opportunity to see firsthand what it looks like and feels like to learn at Lakota. It puts students and staff in the spotlight and gives younger learners the added benefit of seeing what awaits them at the next grade level. 

If you attend one district event all year long, this is the one you want to attend. 

View the 2023 Light Up Lakota Facebook album.

Upcoming Event Details

Red curtain with three spotlights shining on yellow neon lettering "Light Up Lakota" School Showcase April 11 6-8 p.m.

The “Light Up Lakota!” school showcase will return for a second year at Lakota East High School from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13.

The reformatted version of Lakota’s former “State of the Schools” tradition, “Light Up Lakota!” will shine the spotlight on the coursework, extracurricular activities, programs and services that directly support the four pillars of Lakota’s strategic plan: WE are Personalized; WE are Future Ready; WE are Fiscally Responsible; and WE are In This Together.

“It’s exciting to see that Lakota offers this unique opportunity to bring together all 23 schools in a way that appeals to students, staff and parents alike,” said Lakota Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. “If you’re at all curious about what learning looks like in Lakota schools or what the next stage of learning holds for your child, this is a great way to meet school leaders, see learning in action and hear directly from our students and staff.” 

The event is open to the entire community. Beyond the school showcase that includes a booth for each of Lakota’s 23 schools, spotlight performances and presentations will showcase select programs at every grade band that make up the Lakota experience. Attendees will be able to enjoy the open house format of the evening around the scheduled performances and presentations they wish to hear more about. 

Additionally, an art gallery will put on display student talent and visual arts projects from most schools, while a special interactive section dedicated to “WE are Fiscally Responsible” will share valuable information about Lakota’s finances. The more school showcase booths you visit, the more raffle tickets you'll earn. Plus, be on the lookout for a special "WE are Lakota" giveaway before you leave!