LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 of New Haven in Connecticut. Students are divided into small pods, wearing masks and practicing social distancing as they take part in fun games, work on crafts, engage in character education and leadership activities, and more. The program even features distanced sports such as obstacle courses and wiffle ball. “I feel in my comfort zone. It’s still work hard, play hard,” Barbara Chesler, interim executive director, told the New Haven Independent.
Upper Valley Summer Camp Provides Training Ground for Return to School, WCAX-TV (Vermont)
Elementary schoolers in Bethel, Vermont are benefiting from a comprehensive five-week summer learning camp called One Planet, hosted by White River Valley Supervisory Union Schools this summer. The program includes team-building activities, arts and crafts, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects, physical activities and more. Staff and students are taking extra precautions including masks, social distancing, regular hand washing, and keeping campers separated in pods. “To see the kids’ faces light up and not have to see it through a screen and to see it genuinely and naturally in their environment is huge,” said Stephanie Russ, a teacher, told WCAX-TV.
How Local Program Keeps Students on Track During Pandemic, WRDW-TV (Georgia)
When schools closed due the coronavirus pandemic, the Dream Academy afterschool and summer program in Columbia, Georgia stepped up with virtual programming to stay connected with students and support their learning. Students completed a wide variety of virtual activities, including physical activities, math tutoring, a COVID-19 "booklet capsule," slime-making and more. “We did anything we could to just uplift their spirits and make them know we miss them, we love them and wanted to make sure that they were happy,” Director Betty Kelley told WRDW-TV.
Attleboro YMCA Offers Virtual Summer Extended Learning Program, The Sun Chronicle (Massachusetts)
This summer, students in prekindergarten through ninth grade in Attleboro, Massachusetts will work on art projects, complete STEM activities, take virtual field trips to places such as the San Diego Zoo, design personal logos, practice math skills, and more through the free virtual Power Scholars Academy. The Attleboro YMCA program is designed to help students maintain their academic skills through active learning, get social and emotional support, and stay healthy while at home. Students will receive packages with workbooks, literature, magazines and other materials, and those without Internet access can participate via phone. “It’s supposed to be fun and allow for learning in a little less of a school environment,” Leigh Fontes, vice president of program development and operations, told the Sun Chronicle.
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