Weekly Media Roundup: February 26, 2020


Weekly Media Roundup: February 26, 2020

Charlotte Motel Offers Free After-School Program, Spectrum News (North Carolina)

Several families experiencing homelessness stay at the Southern Comfort Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina while they seek permanent housing. To support the children in these families, the motel’s owners began a free afterschool program. Each weekday in the lobby, approximately 25 students receive free meals and academic support while building relationships with each other and the Inn’s owners. “I think it’s awesome,” Larre Simms, a mother of three children living in the Inn, told Spectrum News. “I hope more hotels do the same thing she is doing because there are other kids in other hotel rooms that can do the afterschool program to help children.”

System Brings Active Learning Program to After School, Citizen Tribune (Tennessee)

At afterschool programs at Dandridge Elementary and Mt. Horeb Elementary in Morristown, Tennessee, students play fun physical fitness games to develop their reading and math skills. As part of the PowerUp Your School program, student volunteers from Carson Newman University visit regularly to lead activities such as Alphabet Relay, Guess the Steps and Shape Jumps, which engage students’ minds and bodies at the same time. “This is an incredible experience for our kids. They are absolutely loving it,” Tiffany Warner, Site Director at Dandridge Elementary School, told the Citizen Tribune.

National Program Aims to Teach Tennis, Fix Courts in Grand Rapids, M Live (Michigan)

Thanks to a partnership between the City of Grand Rapids and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), several afterschool programs in Grand Rapids, Michigan will soon offer tennis instruction. USTA is providing free tennis equipment and training to more than 20 afterschool providers, who will use tennis to promote physical fitness, tactical thinking, and social and emotional learning. The initiative is part of a broader effort by the USTA to increase access to tennis in underserved communities. “This is an ace for our community and it’s another way for our kids to thrive outside,” Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss told M Live.

YMCA of Silicon Valley Joins Multi-City Coalition Observing ‘Safer Internet Day,’ San Jose Inside (California)

Along with YMCA programs in 15 other cities across the country, YMCA of Silicon Valley afterschool programs in California recently hosted “Be Internet Awesome” workshops for parents. “Be Internet Awesome” is an initiative from Google that aims to help families avoid online scams, protect their privacy online, talk about questionable internet content with their children, and use the internet safely and responsibly. “As technology use among children continues to rise, parents often tell us that they feel they should be doing more to monitor their children’s screen time activity and give guidance on responsible digital citizenship,” YMCA of Silicon Valley Senior Vice President of Operations Mary Hashiko Haughey, an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, told San Jose Inside. “We are proud to partner with Google to respond to the changing needs of families and to get Google’s Be Internet Awesome resources in front of parents.”

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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...

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‘We Have Built a Very Strong Connection to Our Girls’: Girls Inc. Finding Creative Ways to Stay in Touch, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) Each weekday, the Girls, Inc. program in Taunton, Massachusetts is offering a ‘virtual afterschool program’ via the video...

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