LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Connecticut Students Explore Plastic Consumption Project, Greenwich Time (Connecticut)
A group of rising seventh graders in Greenwich, Connecticut spent their summer learning about environmental sustainability and interviewing local business leaders about plastic use as part of the Horizons Summer Learning Program. The free, six-week program aims to combat summer learning loss by engaging students in hands-on, community-based projects. After drawing conclusions about plastic usage in their own lives and at local businesses, students practiced public speaking by presenting their findings to school administrators. “Summer learning is so different,” Toni Jones, superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools, told the Greenwich Time. “It is not driven by state scores. It’s freeing for educators to focus on joy.”
Tenacity Continues to be Attractive Program for Worcester Children, Go Local Worcester (Massachusetts)
For more than 10 years, the Tenacity program in Worcester, Massachusetts has combined tennis and reading to give children active, enriching summer experiences, free of charge. This year, nearly 700 students ages 6 to 16 are participating in the six-week program. Each day, students practice tennis, read, and complete literacy activities such as playing word games or designing their ideal hypothetical communities. “It’s wonderful to see the children engage in tennis/fitness and literacy during the summer months for it allows them to stay sharp, utilize creative outlets to express themselves and assist in closing the achievement gap,” Program Director Kate Breen told Go Local Worcester.
Academia OKC to Offer Fall Mariachi After School Program Beginning Aug. 26, The City Sentinel (Oklahoma)
This fall, students in the Academia OKC Mariachi After School Program in south Oklahoma City will learn about Hispanic heritage, practice playing musical instruments and rehearse for live Mariachi performances each day after school. The program aims to develop students’ creativity and critical thinking skills while engaging their families and celebrating Hispanic culture. Principal Amando Ayala told the City Sentinel, “Only 5 percent of our kids were ready at grade level or higher schoolwide. So, we did a lot of reforms and Academia has been essential in helping us to stimulate higher order thinking skills. Because kids are using a lot of brainpower in the reading of the music… this translates into learning in math, science, reading, and everything.”
The Art of 'Imagineering': Teaching Kids to Problem Solve Through Math, Science and Teamwork, The Berkshire Eagle (Massachusetts)
At this year’s Summer Science Camp in North Adams, Massachusetts, elementary students have designed boats out of foil, built sandcastles that can hold books and more. The free program is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and uses an ‘imagineering’ approach to encourage students to develop their own ideas, test hypotheses and adjust designs. Along the way, they learn about science and math as well as ‘soft skills’ including problem solving and teamwork. “I like this because we have the nicest teacher and it's fun. It feels like I'm at home,” student Maya Berthelly-Jimenez told the Berkshire Eagle.
Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida)
When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families...
ACPS’s Summer Learning Classes Aid Coronavirus Learning Slump, Local DVM (Virginia)
This summer, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia are offering free virtual summer learning...
Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts)
When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus...
Boys & Girls Club Delivers Camp For Kids, New Haven Independent (Connecticut)
This week, about 60 students ages five to 14 started a six-week summer learning camp at the Boys & Girls Club...
Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania)
Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville,...
JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky)
Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League”...
Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan)
Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/10/20
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California)
While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 06/03/20
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont)
Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/20/20
OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon)
This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/13/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20
YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas)
This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 04/29/20
After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa)
While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 04/15/20
Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi.
AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...
BY: Marisa Paipongna 04/13/20
With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania)
At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 04/08/20
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts)
At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/18/18
Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California)
At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...
BY: Emily Hecker 06/20/18
Free Camps Help Level Playing Field for Future US Soccer Stars, Voice of America
In Washington, D.C., a free soccer program provides a safe community, mentoring relationships, and quality sports education to low-income students. DC Scores reaches approximately 3,000 third- to eighth-grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/01/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19
Making a model of Math Corps
In Detroit, Michigan, the Math Corps academic and mentoring program is looking to expand to Detroit public schools, several new states and potentially two West African countries. In its 26-year-history, Math Corps has reached approximately 3,000 low-income students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 08/08/18