Weekly Media Roundup: June 7, 2023


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 15, 2024

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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