Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2024

Parents in Viroqua Come Together for the 'Save the After School Program' Campaign, WXOW (Wisconsin)

At the McIntosh Memorial Library’s afterschool program in Viroqua, Wisconsin, students take part in outdoor games, visit local arts organizations, read to a therapy dog named Gordon, and more. Each year, parents line the block outside the library hoping to get a spot for their children. But next year, the program is slated to be cut due to a deficit in the school district’s budget. To keep the program open, parents have organized a GoFundMe page to raise funds from the community. “It's a program that will benefit our entire community. When we engage our students, when we get them excited about learning and get them excited about meeting and connecting in our community -- that's something that's a benefit to our entire community," parent Jim Jarman told WXOW.

Record Enrollment for Summer Learning in Tuscaloosa, WBRC (Alabama)

This summer, more students than ever are taking part in Tuscaloosa City Schools’ free summer learning programs. More than 3,000 students, or about a quarter of the district’s student population, are participating. The White House recently recognized the program as one of the strongest summer enrichment programs in the state. “There’s a lot of fun things you can do. We don’t work every day. We do something different every day,” incoming fifth grader Naomi Stines told WBRC. “I passed 4th grade with flying colors, but I love summer learning because we get extra practice for the new school year.”

Summer Learning Loss Program Launched for Craig County Public School Students, WDBJ (Virginia)

In rural Craig County, Virginia, Alleghany Highlands YMCA is partnering with Craig County Public Schools to offer a free educational summer program to elementary and middle school students. “We found out we’re a whole lot better when we work together and when we collaborate and partner, we can utilize resources and make a bigger impact,” Bobbie Wagner, Chief Executive Officer of Alleghany Highlands YMCA, told WDBJ. The Power Scholars Academy summer program will include academic enrichment activities, healthy breakfasts and lunches, and a safe place for students to go while school is out.

The Karate kids of Howard County: A Dojo Helps Remedy the After-School Care Shortage, Baltimore Banner (Maryland)

At Okinawan Karate Dojo’s afterschool and summer programs in Baltimore, Maryland, elementary school students practice martial arts, while also completing homework, creating crafts and eating snacks. “Kid have lost some social skills and confidence,” Stanley Crump, Okinawan Karate Dojo founder and 7th-degree black belt expert, told the Baltimore Banner. “Be humble, have some respect, be fearless, and be brave under pressure. Those are the things we’re trying to teach.” Crump plans to open additional karate-focused afterschool programs next year.

Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2024

This Affordable Housing Project Wasn’t Going to Happen – And Then an Unlikely Partnership Formed, Fast Company By teaming up with a new affordable housing development, the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle in New York doubled the size of its facility to 22,000 feet. The new...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/15/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 8, 2024

After-School Programs Expect to Scale Down with Pandemic Aid Ending, K-12 Dive In a new Afterschool Alliance survey of more than 8,800 afterschool programs, about 4 out of 5 providers said they were concerned about children in their communities who need afterschool not having it, and the vast...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/08/24

Weekly Media Roundup: May 1, 2024

A Clovis Mother Identifies a Critical Need: More After-School Child Care, The Fresno Bee (California) In a recent guest column for the Fresno Bee, Noha Elbaz shared how post-pandemic staffing shortages at afterschool programs have impacted her family. Before COVID, her family benefited from...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/01/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 24, 2024

Nonprofit Gives Penn Hills Kids a Safe Place to Gather After School, KDKA News (Pennsylvania) At the Young Black Motivated Kings and Queens afterschool program in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, students conduct science experiments, play indoor and outdoor sports, and are paired with adult mentors who...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24