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Weekly Media Roundup: June 27, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 27, 2018

Chicano Border Activists Pass the Torch to Dallas Students (Dallas Observer, Texas)

“Everyone needs a hero, someone who looks like them,” said Shellie Ross, executive director of the Wesley-Rankin Community Center, after bringing a bus full of students from her afterschool program some 500 miles to the U.S./Mexican border to meet with Chicano activists. During the trip, a border patrol agent with dogs searched the bus before sending the teens on their way. They met with artist Jane Madrigal and Chicano activist Rosie Castro, mother of both the former mayor of San Antonio and a member of Congress; saw a portion of the wall President Trump wants to extend along the border; and learned about important moments in local civil rights history.

The Case of The Murdered Mascot (Webster-Kirkwood Times, Missouri)

At Hixson Middle School in Webster Grove, Missouri, the “murder” of the school mascot, a stuffed Siberian Husky, set off a mystery that drove students to spend their time in the summer program trying to figure out who had committed the crime. The students started the investigation at the crime scene, a book storage room, and used the English, math and science knowledge that they had gained during the school year to further their investigation. Throughout the program, the children built on that knowledge to try to find the culprit, while gaining investigative, critical thinking and analytical skills. As Hixson Summer Principal Greg Fick told the Webster-Kirkwood Times, “"We don’t want it to be like regular school… [We] build on critical thinking, problem-solving skills.”

Kids Create Original Performance in African Drum, Dance Class at Miami Summer Camp (WLRN, Florida)

At Miami Park Elementary School in West Little River, Florida, students use music in their summer learning. To connect the students, most of whom are African-American, with African culture, Concerned African Women organized a summer camp centered around learning to play traditional music from African countries. Children pick up drumming skills, write their own melodies or just dance their hearts out. The program culminates in a performance for parents and other members of the community to give the students a chance to show off their musical talents. Renee Chavez, one of the group’s drum instructors, summed up the program to WLRN: “We want them to be inspired by it and to find their own core.”

Not Lost in Space (Monterey County Herald, California)

STEM Space Camp is all the rage at San Antonio Elementary School in Lockwood, California. At the week-long summer learning program, students learn about the science, math, technology and engineering concepts that go into space travel and exploration. Then they put what they learned to work building tiny space shuttles, using scientific methods in experiments, and launching rockets they built. They also meet an astronaut. Will Franzell, STEM Economic Administrator at the Monterey County Office of Education, told the Monterey County Herald, “Our students need to be prepared for those STEM careers and the economic opportunities.”

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...

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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

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

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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...

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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....

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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