Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022

Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi)

To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and to discuss their academic accomplishments. The afterschool program, supported by the United Way of West Central Mississippi (UWWCM), focuses on improving literacy proficiency among students in kindergarten through third grade. “The Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program is a testament both to the power of collaboration and innovation as well as our community’s dedication to our children,” UWWCM Executive Director Michelle Connelly told the Vicksburg Post. “By partnering with the City of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg-Warren School District, we’ve been able to create a program that’s as unique as our community, and we’re excited to see Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program’s impact take root as it continues to grow.” Next fall, the program is expanding to include both fourth and fifth graders.

Freedom Schools Begin Culturally Relevant Summer Programming in Winston-Salem, WFDD (North Carolina)

At the Kimberly Park Freedom School summer learning program in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, students develop their reading, writing and critical thinking skills by engaging with books that are relevant to their lives and communities. “All of the literature has to do with children that look like our scholars, and deal with situations that our scholars may face,” Rashawn Meekins, lead coordinator and project director, told WFDD. “There are books that deal with homelessness. There are books that deal with racial situations, social justice issues, community issues, environmental issues.” Students take part in group discussions, creative projects and skits, advocacy projects, lessons from local leaders and field trips to community organizations and businesses. The program is supported by federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Summer Learning: Camp Curiosity Continues to Play Big Role in Migrant Students' Development, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)

All 750 students who are English-language learners in the Daviess County Public School district in Kentucky are invited to participate in Camp Curiosity, a four-week summer learning program designed to boost students’ language skills. Students work on reading and math and rotate between fun, hands-on activities such as music, robotics and time in the gymnasium.  “We’re trying to prevent the summer slide,” Shelly Hammons, Camp Curiosity organizer and administrator, told the Messenger-Inquirer. “A lot of them have gaps, due to the nature of their movement, or some are new to our country … but the overall goal is to develop language acquisition and give them a jump start for their school in the fall.”

Science & Discovery Center Sees Uptick in Summer Camp Program, WJHG (Florida)

Throughout June and July, students ages 4 to 12 years old will participate in engaging STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) camps at the Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida in Panama City. The eight-week camp has been growing in popularity, especially during the pandemic. “Our head count has increased every year, and the kids keep coming back so we know we’re doing something right,” Executive Director Michelle Smith told WJHG. Each week, campers focus on a specific theme and participate in hands-on, creative experiments and activities.

Weekly Media Roundup, July 20, 2022

After-School Programs Are Part of Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues, But Funding is a Challenge, Hawai’i Public Radio (Hawai’i) Research shows classroom disruptions and student behavior problems have increased during the pandemic. Afterschool leaders in Hawai’i say...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/20/22

Weekly Media Roundup: July 13, 2022

Camp Promotes Essential Bond Between Sports and Mental Health, The Bradford Sun (Pennsylvania) This summer, mental health professionals are joining the 21st Century Sports Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania to talk to students about coping with their emotions, self-care, and other social-emotional...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/13/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022

Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi) To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/29/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 22, 2022

When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York) For six weeks this summer, more than 100 students in Horizons NYC’s summer learning program will learn to swim and kayak, participate in a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/22/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts) Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/15/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho) The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined together to celebrate last month’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/08/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 25, 2022

YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California) With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA has transformed its Find My Genius summer enrichment program into an afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/01/22

Weekly Media Roundup, May 25, 2022

Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska) At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students take part in fun, educational activities ranging from robotics to sewing. Students also grow their own...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/25/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Champaign Family YMCA and Graham Local School District...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/18/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 11, 2022

Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida) At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida, children of migrant workers enjoy participating in yoga classes, painting murals with local artists and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/11/22