Weekly Media Roundup: February 5, 2020


Weekly Media Roundup: February 5, 2020

Hancock Students Create Films One Picture At a Time, The Daily Star (New York)

The Hancock Central School afterschool program in Hancock, New York, recently teamed up with Box of Light, an artist residency program, to teach students about media production. Students in kindergarten through ninth grade learned about storytelling, photography, sculpting, technology and more as they wrote, directed and filmed stop-motion animation films. The results ranged from stories about a missing horse to one about a backflipping clown. “It’s fun, but the hardest part is planning what happens in the movie,” seven-year-old Karynn Appley told the Daily Star.

After School Program in Marion County Teaches Kids About Black History Month, 12 WBOY (West Virginia)

At the Rising Stars afterschool program in Fairmont, West Virginia, students can participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) projects as well as access tutoring, meals and more.  The program recently hosted a screening of a film about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in honor of Black History Month. In addition to watching and discussing the film, students put their artistic talents to work creating posters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “[Dr. King] wanted everyone to just get along, regardless of the color of our skin, and to be equal. I think we still have a long way to go, but I think we have made some progress,” AmeriCorps member Susan Cook told 12 WBOY.

Cookies for Change Builds Brighter Future for Homeless Kids, ABC 15 (Arizona)

Seventh- and eighth-grade students experiencing homelessness meet daily after school to bake and sell desserts through the Cookies for Change afterschool program in Phoenix, Arizona. The program aims to develop students’ confidence, teach such skills as entrepreneurship, and provide a safe place for students to learn and form relationships with mentors.  “The goal is to protect these kids and keep them aware, happy, [and] healthy, and start being seen and seeing what opportunities are out there,” volunteer Lisha Dunlap told ABC 15. “When they walk in the door, they feel accepted and loved. They're not a statistic or circumstance.”

Nashoba Extended Learning Students Donate Onesies to Hospital, (Massachusetts)

This winter, more than 300 students in the Nashoba Regional School District Extended Learning Program (ELP) in Massachusetts decorated more than 200 onesies to donate to infants born at a nearby maternity ward. At the end of the project, fourth- and fifth-grade students took a field trip to the ward and learned more about the health care professions. “We are grateful that our students had this opportunity to learn about the important role our healthcare providers play in bringing babies into the world,” Coordinator Reina Rago told “Providing students enrichment activities like this allows them to explore different interests and feel part of a larger community.”

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/27/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, (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...

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Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

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...

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