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Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

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.

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

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, 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

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