A group of afterschool students from Shenandoah Valley Elementary School got a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” earlier this year to display their science projects at the second USA Science and Engineering Festival to Nobel Prize-winning scientists, other celebrities and visitors from around the world in Washington, D.C. The students participate in Lehigh Carbon Community College’s SHINE 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program. Program director and Afterschool Ambassador
Jeanne Miller told the Republican & Herald
, “Our program has really been getting some positive feedback from Washington and the national Afterschool Alliance on our STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) effort…We were one of nine programs highlighted on a congressional briefing in the fall. I think we're doing innovative programs.”
Thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation, more Merced youth will have the opportunity to participate in an afterschool program meant to keep them physically active and healthy in the coming school year. The Boys & Girls Club of Merced County got the funds to continue to expanding the club's Triple Play wellness program. It encourages children to eat healthier, become more physically active and otherwise engage in healthy lifestyles.
Afterschool students from Whitwell Middle School spend one afternoon each week designing and creating stained glass windows depicting images of local landmarks, like Ketner's Mill, a coal mine, the county courthouse and Chattanooga’s original high school. Whitwell Middle School’s principal started the afterschool program with funds from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The final windows will be themed after the school's Children's Holocaust Memorial, above which they will be installed, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
In a Star-Ledger opinion piece, Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice Associate Law Professor Shavar Jeffries describes how an afterschool programs saved her. She writes, “I experienced the life-changing power of effective after-school programs. When I was 10, my mother was killed. Shortly thereafter, my father abandoned my family. My grandmother took me in and put me in after-school programs run by the Boys & Girls Club of Newark, where I received academic, social and emotional support that she could not provide by herself. These programs helped change my life and put me on a path where, as a taxpayer, law teacher, elected official and former senior executive in the state Attorney General’s Office, I am blessed to contribute to the vitality of our state.”