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Weekly Media Roundup: August 3, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 3, 2022

Schoolkids in Stanislaus Will Learn to Grow and Cook Healthy Food Through USDA Grant, The Modesto Bee (California)

This fall, 96 students in afterschool programs in Stanislaus County, California will tour gardens, try new fruits and vegetables, and learn cooking skills thanks to a Farm to School grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Facilitated by the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District, the initiative is designed to help low-income students learn about nutrition and access healthy food. “The expansion of Farm to School is more important than ever for our kids,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Modesto Bee. “When schools and local producers work together, children benefit from higher-quality foods on their plates and program operators have stable sources for the products they need.”

'We Come in to Fill Those Gaps': Boys and Girls Club of Kentuckiana to Reduce Program Fees for After School Care, WHAS (Kentucky)

In response to increasing inflation, the Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana in Louisville, Kentucky is reducing the afterschool program fees at all its sites by two-thirds to help local families. “We didn’t want this to be a burden or a barrier for our families,” Angela Masden, the Parkland Boys & Girls Club director, told WHAS. “Things are hard. Things are difficult. Things are changing. But our kids need consistency." The afterschool programs provide a variety of sports in addition to academic support and mental health services.

Community Center Gears Up for Afterschool Program, Madison Daily Leader (South Dakota)

This summer, students attending The Community Center camps in Madison, South Dakota explored local parks, museums and attractions. A highlight of the summer was a tour of Dakota State University and its CybHER Security Institute where campers learned about computer coding. This fall, the center will offer afterschool programs focusing on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). “It’s a really fun, safe environment kids can come to and hang out with their friends and create those relationships with me and staff members,” Kaylee Winrow, youth service coordinator at The Community Center, told the Madison Daily Lead

Sarasota’s Summer Learning Programs Critical Amid Major Crises in Learning and Housing, Herald-Tribune (Florida)

Soaring housing prices in Florida have caused immense challenges for families and their children, who are still recovering emotionally and academically from the impact of the pandemic and remote learning. “I have worked with youth development for 30-plus years, and I’ve never seen anything quite like what we’re going through now,” Dawn Page, vice president of operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, told the Herald-Tribune. Out-of-school time programs are supporting students and their families who are facing housing insecurity by providing counseling, hands-on education activities, life skills lessons and more.           

Weekly Media Roundup, July 20, 2022

After-School Programs Are Part of Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues, But Funding is a Challenge, Hawai’i Public Radio (Hawai’i) Research shows classroom disruptions and student behavior problems have increased during the pandemic. Afterschool leaders in Hawai’i say...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/20/22

Weekly Media Roundup: July 13, 2022

Camp Promotes Essential Bond Between Sports and Mental Health, The Bradford Sun (Pennsylvania) This summer, mental health professionals are joining the 21st Century Sports Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania to talk to students about coping with their emotions, self-care, and other social-emotional...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/13/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022

Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi) To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/29/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 22, 2022

When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York) For six weeks this summer, more than 100 students in Horizons NYC’s summer learning program will learn to swim and kayak, participate in a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/22/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts) Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/15/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho) The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined together to celebrate last month’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/08/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 25, 2022

YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California) With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA has transformed its Find My Genius summer enrichment program into an afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/01/22

Weekly Media Roundup, May 25, 2022

Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska) At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students take part in fun, educational activities ranging from robotics to sewing. Students also grow their own...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/25/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Champaign Family YMCA and Graham Local School District...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/18/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 11, 2022

Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida) At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida, children of migrant workers enjoy participating in yoga classes, painting murals with local artists and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/11/22