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Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

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 pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through virtual programming, including a book club hosted on Snapchat. This week, the free program in Framingham, Massachusetts reopened with extensive safety protocols including masks, symptom checks, reduced capacity and extra sanitation. The program aims to provide a safe way for students to connect with mentors, get academic support and participate in fun, enriching activities such as art projects. “I get help with my homework and the people around me are super-duper fun,” Crisaly Cupi, an eleven-year-old student, told Metrowest Daily.

Charlotte Organizations Aiming to Help Kids Stay Engaged Until They Head Back to School, WCNC-TV (North Carolina)

Lowe’s, the Collins Aerospace Center, and Digi-Tech are partnering with Freedom School Partners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district to help students in Charlotte, North Carolina sharpen their science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills this summer. The organizations will distribute shoeboxes filled with materials for hands-on activities such as engineering projects, chemistry experiments, seed germination, and more with instructions in English and Spanish. The goal is “to pique their interest in some of these different topics that we're exploring and for them to say ‘oh, this is cool, I want to learn more about this,’" Sherry Sample with Digi-Bridge told WCNC-TV.

Engineering for Kids of King County" Teaches STEM Skills, KOMO-TV (Washington)

For seven years, Engineering for Kids of King County in Washington has helped students ages four to 14 explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through afterschool and summer learning programs. During the coronavirus pandemic, the program has continued its mission through online classes, both real-time and prerecorded. Classes focus on coding, game design, engineering and more. “Minecraft engineering is very popular and that's a program where the students actually learn engineering concepts while they're playing Minecraft, so they learn about kinetic energy, potential energy and various engineering concepts like the engineering design process,” Noah Cordova of Engineering for Kids told KOMO-TV.

Thrive Lonsdale Offering In-Person and Virtual After School Programs this Year, WBIR-TV (Tennessee)

This fall, students in kindergarten through 12th grade will have multiple ways to access comprehensive, enriching afterschool programing from Thrive, a nonprofit organization in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thrive plans to offer an in-person program with safety protocols such as social distancing, temperature checks and masks. The program will help students with homework and offer dinner and the chance to participate in fun electives. Students can also join a virtual version of the program. “We have added a team, a virtual team and they meet with [students] outside of their home and visit them and drop off food and supplies,” Executive Director Clayton Wood told WBIR-TV. “They will be paired similarly in the fall in the virtual program.”

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio) When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California) Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida) Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico) Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española   will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee) At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia) A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/23/20

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/16/20