Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018


Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California)

At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at Bricks 4 Kidz use the LEGOs® to build ever-more-complicated designs, making friends along the way. Marisa Wilkins, mother of seven-year-old Landon, a participant in the program, told The Bakersfield Californian, “He has become a whole new child. He's confident, has friends now and has improved dramatically academically; he is almost completely caught up grade level-wise and is excelling in math and science subjects because of Bricks 4 Kidz.”

Brain Gain Program Keeps Learning Alive During Summer (The Newnan Times Herald, Georgia)

In Newnan-Cowetta, the Boys & Girls Club’s summer learning program is in full swing. In 2013, the club introduced Brain Gain, its new summer learning initiative, to combat what some refer to as the “summer slide” – when children lose months of academic skills while school is out. In Summer Brain Gain, low-income students are taught one-week modules designed to mirror Common Core education standards in subjects including literacy, science and math. “I feel like (the Boys and Girls Club) can be the liaison to help children learn in the summer, so that they can be successful in life,” Tyler Reid, teen instructor for the Boys and Girls Club of Newnan-Coweta, told The Newnan Times Herald.

Life Lab Grows Gardeners Through ‘The Power of Garden-Based Learning’ (Santa Cruz Sentinel, California)

In Santa Cruz County, California, the nonprofit Life Labs has cultivated gardens for several schools to use for garden-based learning. A Life Lab is a place where students can marry their academic and practical knowledge to cultivate plants for their school while learning about science, nature and the environment in a real-life setting. As John Fisher, director of program and partnerships for Life Lab Science Program told the Santa Cruz Sentinel, “Being in an outdoor setting and outdoor classroom can open up kids in ways that we never expect.”

Sustenance: Four Food Establishments Dish Up Affordable Food for Summer School (West Hawaii Today, Hawaii)

Restaurant owners in West Hawaii have banded together to provide more affordable meals to children in the From Mauka to Makai summer school program. Funded in part by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the program is open to children across the islands – but the grants could not be used to pay for food for the children as well. So program organizers approached local establishments to resolve the issue, and many restaurants were happy to help by providing healthy, inexpensive meals for the children. “These lunches are way better than the school I go to. The food seems fresher and there are more choices,” Mistee Beaudet, a sixth grader, told West Hawaii Today.

Weekly Media Roundup: August 26, 2020

Where Atlanta Parents Turn When Children Can’t Do Online School at Home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia) Afterschool providers throughout Atlanta, Georgia are stepping up to provide safe, supportive environments for students to do distance learning while their parents are...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

After-School Programs Adjusting to COVID-19 Challenges, Live 5 News (South Carolina) Several organizations in Charleston, South Carolina are finding creative ways to support students as the start of a new school year approaches. For example, the Metanoia Youth Leadership Academy will offer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

Safe Spaces: Back-To-School Options For Cleveland's Working Parents, Idea Stream (Ohio) This fall, when Cleveland schools open remotely, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio is planning to serve more than 500 students with enriching all-day, in-person programming. To do so, the Club...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

The After School All Stars Program Provides Support for Both Students and Parents, WSFL-TV (Florida) When schools closed due the pandemic, After School All Stars (ASAS) quickly found ways to support students and families remotely, first with a virtual afterschool program and then with a virtual...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

Prime Time Palm Beach Continues Programs, Lake Okeechobee News (Florida) When schools closed due to the pandemic, Prime Time Palm Beach County quickly created an online library where families could choose from more than 2,000 learning activities designed to help students discover new interests...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

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....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/15/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

Learning Center to Have At-Home Learning Sessions, Meadeville Tribune (Pennsylvania) Each Monday through Thursday in July, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program in Meadeville, Pennsylvania will hold interactive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons online....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/01/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

JCPS' New Summer School Program Offers Virtual Adventures, Big-Ticket Prizes, Courier Journal (Kentucky) Through the Jefferson County Public Schools’ online “Summer League” program, students in Louisville, Kentucky can explore new interests and keep their academic skills...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/24/20