LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia)
After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free Georgia Tech-developed computer program called Scratch, she developed her own afterschool program, WhizLearning Kids, to teach children in the neighborhood to code for themselves. Jain also developed a summer program and even a coding competition to go with the STEM-based program. Lily Mahan, a student in the program, told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution about her newfound love for coding: “This is what I want to do when I grow up.”
How an Old Murfreesboro City Schools Bus Became A Library on Wheels (Daily News Journal, Tennessee)
After retiring an old school bus last year, the Murfreesboro school district decided to convert it into a mobile library, aptly named Books on a Bus. The WiFi-equipped bus boasts more than 1,000 books donated by schools in the area and will visit local hotspots throughout the summer. Children will be able to read the books while the bus is nearby, temporarily check out a book, and even take some home to keep. The school district hopes the bus will help stem the tide of summer learning loss, according to the Daily News Journal.
Learning the Alpha Bravo Charlies of Aviation (The Daily Independent, Kentucky)
In the Project Ignite summer learning camp at Ashland Middle School, the school district’s STEM teachers use fun activities and simulations to teach children about aviation. The children participate in activities that put STEM concepts they had learned during the school year into motion, building water-powered rockets, making paper airplanes, and even trying a flight simulator. But most of all, as STEM teacher Shelly Osborne told the Daily Independent, “The kids love STEM. I?have kids stop me in the hallway and ask me when’s my next STEM class.”
Meet the Olympian Bringing Table Tennis to Freehold (Asbury Park Press, New Jersey)
Two-time U.S. Olympic table tennis player Lily Yip saw an opportunity to introduce table tennis to Freehold students through the Freehold Borough School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program. With only a few tables already available to the program and a couple of high school volunteers, Yip spent weeks teaching students the basics of table tennis in afterschool practice sessions. “It's really fun and exciting, and they teach you a lot more here than hitting the ball around,” Maisy Faccone, a sixth grader, told the Asbury Park Press.
WCU Receives Grant to Improve Skills of Children Who Are English Language Learners, The News Herald (North Carolina)
Thanks to 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding, children who are...
Pacific Building Group Tops Out New Access Youth Academy Building, Times of San Diego (California)
Next year, more than 1,300 students will be able to access comprehensive afterschool programming...
Mighty Writers Awarded Longwood Grant, Chadds Ford Live (Pennsylvania)
When schools and programs closed due to the pandemic in March, the Mighty Writers afterschool program in Philadelphia,...
Hampton After-School Program Gets a STEM Boost from Flying Classroom, The Daily Press (Virginia)
Eleven afterschool programs in Hampton, Virginia funded by the 21st Century Community Learning...
Esther Elonga: Afterschool Programs Even More Important During a Pandemic, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)
When Esther Elonga came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 16,...
Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys Still Offering After-School Programs, Courier Express (Pennsylvania)
At the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys afterschool program in St. Marys, Pennsylvania,...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 07/15/20
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
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
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
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
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
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19