LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Community Schools a Way to Improve Education (Commercial Appeal, Tennessee)
Knoxville businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd vouches for community schools – like the one he helped launch at Pond Gap Elementary School – as a way to help low-income students overcome disadvantages in an op-ed for the Commercial Appeal: “Over the years of being very actively involved in our public education system, it has become clear to me that not all education solutions can be solved solely within the classroom…. From local churches to Boy Scouts and Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the school becomes the hub for the community and the access point to reach parents and children…. Turning around Tennessee’s lowest-performing schools will require a team effort. Community schools may be one place to start.”
Bridging Gaps, Building Hope (Washington Post, Virginia)
Through a Hutchinson Elementary School afterschool program, immigrant students are forging bonds with local police officers and learning not to fear law enforcement. Project Hope invites Herndon and Fairfax police officers to the school to participate in fun activities with students, like competing in kickball games, playing cards or enjoying ice cream. The afterschool club helps keep students away from gangs and gives parents and community members, many of whom are immigrants from violent countries like El Salvador and Honduras, peace of mind when interacting with law enforcement. “We didn’t want our parents to be fearful when they come into the school,” principal Ray Lonnett told the Washington Post. “So, we’ve really worked to build this partnership to make sure our entire community can feel comfortable with the police.”
Young People: The Single Most Important Investment in Our Future (Garden Island, Hawaii)
Former state Senator Gary Hooser, who currently serves as board president of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action and executive director of the Pono Hawaii Initiative, makes the case for more county and community investment in youth programs in the Garden Island: “What would be the impact on drug use and abuse among our youth if their choices of after-school and weekend activities included a strong and wide array of programs including theater, art, hula, skateboarding, mountain biking…. Supporting our existing youth programs and expanding them to accommodate the needs and interests of all of our youth, must be a county and a community priority.”
West Hancock Kids Learn Science Can Be Delicious (Britt News Tribune, Iowa)
Hancock County Extension’s After School Kids Club is teaching third- and fourth-graders about the science behind their favorite foods. Recently, students learned about why Pop Rocks pop and sizzle when they put them in their mouths, and in the coming weeks they will explore the science behind treats like rock candy, cheese and ice cream. Third-grader Sophie Aitchison explained what she enjoys most about the program to the Britt News Tribune: “It’s not just like plain science. You get to eat during the lesson.”
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