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Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

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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, Total Trek Quest is hosting a two-month-long virtual summer learning program to help students stay engaged and healthy while social distancing. The program will feature weekly support forums, experiential social-emotional learning activities, and live and recorded runs. It will culminate in a virtual 5k. “In this time of physical distancing and potential isolation, it’s that much more important we connect with our youth and provide them and their families [with] an outlet for movement, learning and fun,” Leigh Moerdyke, prevention and advocacy program director at Arbor Circle, which developed the summer program for Total Trek Quest, told ABC 13.

County Schools to Offer Summer Programs for Students, The News Courier (Alabama)

Thanks to 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, students in Limestone County, Alabama will benefit from a robust summer learning program in July. The program is taking extra precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic including regular temperature screenings, smaller class sizes and social distancing. Students will learn about technology, science, reading, art, ballet and more. “Limestone County Schools is working with area museums and organizations to bring field trips to the school instead of students traveling like they would during non-pandemic summers,” the News Courier reported.

Virtual Summer School Programs a Boon for Kids, Tahlequah Daily Press (Oklahoma)

This summer, students in Tahlequah, Oklahoma are learning to crochet, cooking health meals, exercising, making art, and more in virtual summer programs funded by 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants. The programs have been distributing packets with supplies for activities along with meals at school sites. “We have had a drive-thru line the last three days handing out summer school art supply materials to families,” Keys Public Schools Superintendent Vol Woods told the Tahlequah Daily Press. “The teachers have been making videos for our virtual summer school, and the community's response has been great.”

Camp Fire of Walla Walla Adapts and Continues Through Pandemic, Union Bulletin (Washington)

While in-person programming is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Camp Fire of Walla Walla in Washington has been reaching students and families with virtual programming based on a different theme each week. The virtual program is based on a “Thriveology” mindset, which encourages mental wellbeing and stress reduction. Activities have included making slime, answering trivia questions, sharing ideas for self-care and more. “I really want to recognize my staff. They’ve been patient, [providing] help whenever and wherever it’s needed,” Executive Director Shawniene Bingham told the Union Bulletin.

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