Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023

After-School Program Returns to Fair Bluff, Signaling Hope for Flood-Battered Town, Border Belt Independent (North Carolina)

Due to repeated floods, including those from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina has lost about a quarter of its population over the past 10 years. But the re-opening of Building Bridges After School is a significant step forward in the town’s revitalization. The program reopened last September thanks to hundreds of volunteers from across the state who helped repair its building, as well as funding from the Columbus County DREAM Center. Building Bridges offers academic support, snacks, computer skills training, and fun activities for elementary and middle schoolers. “It’s important to let those children know that there’s somebody there for them in their community,” Amber Bellamy, director of the DREAM Center, told the Border Belt Independent. “You don’t want to leave Fair Bluff out.”

Framingham Brewery Releases Beer to Support After-School Program, Worcester Business Journal (Massachusetts)

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing, a local brewing company in Framingham, Massachusetts, created a new craft beer called the ‘Educator’ and will donate a portion of the proceeds to Hoops & Homework afterschool and summer program. “Exhibit ‘A’ continues to support our mission and help us raise the funds we need to expand our programs, and increase our enrollment,” Hoops & Homework Founder Herb Chasan said. “We are grateful to be part of a community of businesses who make a commitment to helping students and educators in our neighborhood.”  Hoops & Homework provides afterschool and summer programs to families living in low-income rental housing in Framingham.

The Prexie Center: After-School Program Offers Welcoming Spot for Kids, Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania)

Created by a school board member and a pastor, the Prexie Center afterschool program in Washington, Pennsylvania provides a wide range of enrichment activities as well as basics such as a food pantry, personal hygiene items, laundry machines, and showers. As many as 70 teens get homework help, connect with mentors, and take part in self-defense courses, painting, crocheting, chess, cooking, strength training and more. “These kids get community outside of the normal school day. They get to be around each other, and we get to be in here and be around them, mentor, show them some love,” Pastor Lem Woodson told the Observer-Reporter. “I wouldn’t call it a refuge, but that’s exactly what it is. It’s a refuge and a nice place for fellowship, and that’s great.”

Family Literacy Sees Early Success at LHS, Civic Nebraska (Nebraska)

The Lincoln High Community Learning Center in Nebraska offers a family-oriented afterschool program for English-language learners. English as a second language students, along with their parents, participate in a 2-hour literacy class three days a week in the afternoons throughout the school year. “Every person is different,” Matt Kohrell, a program instructor at Lincoln High, told Civic Nebraska. “There are a lot of different aspects (about the class) for prospering in America. They can go on and become U.S. citizens or find a good job.”

Weekly Media Roundup: February 15, 2023

US Education Chief Visits Jackson Touting ARPA-Funded Out-of-School Programs, WAPT-TV (Mississippi) This week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited the afterschool program at Casey Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi to highlight how federal funds from the American Rescue...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 8, 2023

News 12 Takes a Look at New After-School Class Focused on Educating Kids About Cannabis, News 12 Connecticut (New York) At the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco) afterschool program in the Bronx, New York, middle school students discuss pressing issues, including...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/08/23

Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023

After-School Program Returns to Fair Bluff, Signaling Hope for Flood-Battered Town, Border Belt Independent (North Carolina) Due to repeated floods, including those from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina has lost about a quarter of its population...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/01/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 25, 2023

California’s Summer and After-School Programs are Effective and Should be Expanded, Report Finds, EdSource (California) To help students recover from the pandemic, the state of California invested $4 billion in expanded learning programs. A new report from the Partnership for Children...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/25/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 18, 2023

'Safe Spot' Also Filled with Laughter, Energy, Quad-City Times (Iowa) At the Project Renewal afterschool program in Davenport, Iowa, students get help with homework, eat snacks, play games, practice social-emotional skills and take part in arts programming organized by partner...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/18/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 11, 2023

Color a Positive Thought: Bridgeport Man Creates Coloring Book, After-School Program for City Kids, WTNH (Connecticut) Bridgeport, Connecticut native Harry Bell created “Color a Positive Thought,” a coloring book with inspirational phrases, to help children and families facing...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/11/23

Weekly Media Roundup: January 4, 2022

Popular After School Program Returns to Lexington Public Library, Fox 56 (Kentucky) Recognizing the community’s need for more afterschool programs, the Lexington Public Library is opening programs at its Northside and Village branches in Lexington, Kentucky, offering STEAM (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/04/23

Weekly Media Roundup: December 21, 2022

'It Shouldn't Have to Be This Difficult': Lack of Afterschool Program Slots has Parents Struggling, Daily Kos A “modest increase” in federal funding for afterschool in the Senate budget package “will allow tens of thousands more children to access a program, where...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 14, 2022

Anaconda After-School Program Receives Donation from Gov. Gianforte, KXLF (Montana) As part of his 12 Days of Giving holiday campaign, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte donated $18,675 of his salary to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) afterschool program in Anaconda, Montana to assist with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: December 7, 2022

Season for Sharing: From Homework to Job Skills, Saint Florian Center Helps At-Risk Kids, Indianapolis Star (Indiana) Motivated by the lack of safe, affordable recreation options for children, Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Anthony Williamson founded the Saint Florian Center nearly...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/07/22