LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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.”
Dance Program Sparks Joy While Teaching Cultural Diversity, WABC-TV (New York)
Students at the Dance to Unite afterschool programs learn about various cultures through the art of dance. The...
Lessons, Outdoor Games and Knitting: About 3,200 Students Kick Off Summer at Camp Accelerate, Daily Advertiser (Louisiana)
Thanks to funding from 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Title I,...
GA Boys & Girls Clubs Awarded $15M Grant, WALB-TV (Georgia)
Thanks to a $15 million grant from the Georgia Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund, the Boys & Girls Clubs...
Michigan Science Center Brings Traveling Science Program Back To Metro Detroit, WWJ-TV (Michigan)
Thanks to financial support from Aramco Americas, the Michigan Science Center will once again...
New Website Helps Parents Find Summer Learning Opportunities for Children, Maui Now (Hawaii)
To assist parents with their search for available summer learning programs, the Hawai’i...
Leon County Schools Invests $1.5M in Summer Programs to Prevent ‘COVID Slide,’ WCTV (Florida)
Throughout June and July, students in Leon County, Florida will have the opportunity to...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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