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Weekly Media Roundup: June 7, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 7, 2023

Summer Break is Broken for Many Rural Tennessee Kids, Public News Service

Many students in rural communities in Tennessee face significant barriers to accessing robust summer learning opportunities, including poverty, lack of transportation and lack of available programming. Save the Children aims to “make summer fair” by partnering with local school districts to create comprehensive, accessible programs that include two meals and a snack each day. “We create fun and inviting summer camps, like kids across the country might have the opportunity to go to, that focus on reading and math,” Shane Garver, head of program design and impact, told Public News Service. “But also focus on STEM things like Lego robotics, focus on enrichment activities and things that can really stretch and inspire children.” Save the Children also operates a ‘mobile unit’ that delivers nutritious summer meals directly to students’ communities.

Free summer camp in Wilson is feeding hundreds of students daily, EdNC (North Carolina)

In Wilson, North Carolina, The SPOT afterschool and summer programs not only focus on academic and social-emotional learning, but also provide nutritious snacks and meals to families struggling with food insecurity. “When you’re hungry, you’re not thinking about anything else. I always tell people, you have to meet people where they’re at. You have to meet kids where they’re at and if they’re hungry, they’re not thinking about exercising,” The SPOT Executive Director Tracy Pittman told EdNC. “They’re not thinking about academics. They’re not thinking about socializing. They’re thinking about, you know, my stomach’s hungry, and I don’t know when my next real meal is.” This summer, The SPOT will offer healthy meals to its participants at its free summer program and has invited anyone under 17 to join them for meals.

As Missoula afterschool program ends, other orgs step up, Missoulian (Montana)

After learning that the Western Montana Mental Health Center could no longer fund its Flagship afterschool program, the Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) quickly reached out to their community partners to help ensure free afterschool and summer programs would be available to students. “As part of MCPS’ strategic plan, we have a community schools focus that calls for strong partnerships with our local organizations, and they have really stepped in to fill a lot of those summer programming gaps,” Tyler Christensen, communications specialist with Missoula County Public Schools, told the Missoulian. “And we are continuing to work with them to provide afterschool programming and child-enrichment opportunities in the next school year.” Programs providing support include the Missoula Parks and Recreation Department, the Boys & Girls Club of Missoula County, the Missoula Family YMCA and the Camp Fire afterschool program.

What Do Students Want After School? Mental Health Help, Good Food and a Place to Stay, Los Angeles Times (California)

At a kickoff event for ExpandLA, a new effort in Los Angeles to ensure all students can access high-quality afterschool programs, approximately 200 afterschool providers, students, educators, community groups and advocates gathered at the Omni Hotel downtown to discuss the importance of out-of-school-time programs in their lives and communities. ExpandLA also shared the results of a survey that shows Los Angeles students want quality food and mental health support at their afterschool programs. The coalition is calling on lawmakers to ensure Los Angeles gets access to the $4 billion in new statewide funds for afterschool. “It also will require accountability,” Lou Calanche, an afterschool provider and the head of ExpandLA, told the Los Angeles Times. “What we worry about is that if we’re not showing impact then maybe the next administration would move that money out as some other priority comes up.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23