Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020


Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

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 classes to all students to keep them engaged, academically enriched, and connected to one another. Students are participating in project-based learning using materials included in instructional kits from the school. “It is a partnership now. The coronavirus has given us an opportunity to really build a community around the families and the children and the resources that we are providing,” ACPS Summer Learning Coordinator Dr. Alicia Kingcade told Local DVM.

Virtual Programs in Flint Help Fight Summer Learning Loss, Flint Side (Michigan)

Students in Flint, Michigan, are engaging in a wide variety of virtual learning opportunities this summer. For example, the Flint Repertory Theatre is helping students in middle and high school develop their voices through online theater classes. The Flint and Genesee Literacy Network is also hosting online activities including journaling, virtual story time with local authors, digital literacy activities and more. “Schools can’t do it alone,” author Danielle Green told Flint Side. “The Literacy Network’s programs aren’t just about math, science, and English. They add a component of fun.”

The Club of Dayton Looks Toward the Next School Year, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Washington)

The Club of Dayton in Walla Walla, Washington, hosts a robust, daily afterschool program focused on social and emotional learning for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but program staff are planning to open in the fall with extensive cautionary measures including masks and social distancing. The Club hopes the program will be a place of respite and enrichment for children after a turbulent spring and summer. “Many of the kids here have experienced a lot of trauma, so their version of normal is very different. To accommodate that, flexibility is key. We treat them as individuals, we mentor them and offer them a positive experience with an adult,” Director of Program Operations Jim Pearson told the Walla Walla Union Bulletin.

Missoula YMCA Offers Summer Camp to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss, NBC Montana (Montana)

Students in first through fifth grades in Missoula, Montana, are spending the summer journaling, working on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects, reading literature, making crafts and more at the Missoula YMCA’s Camp Imagination. The summer learning program is operating with limited capacity, extra sanitation, masks and more during the pandemic.  “We're focusing on reducing that summer learning loss,” Associate Director of School Age Programs Tyler Taylor told NBC Montana, as well as exposing students “to new things and ideas that they necessarily wouldn’t be able to have a chance to do in other camps.”

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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

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/06/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

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

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20