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Weekly Media Roundup: March 10, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 10, 2021

A Space of their Own: North Hampton Flips Vacant Store into Rec Center, Seacoast Online (New Hampshire)

In December, the North Hampton Parks and Recreation Department in New Hampshire officially opened a new 4,000-square-foot recreation center in what was previously an abandoned storefront. Now, the center offers a full roster of afterschool programs, with activities ranging from yoga to pottery to hip hop. “During these challenging times, we have been able to keep the department going and offer programs. The families have been great about it and very happy and receptive about it,” North Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Joe Manzi told Seacoast Online.

Union Local Helping Students Make up for Lost Time, WTOV (Ohio)

In response to the academic and social stresses from the pandemic, the Belmont County, Ohio Union Local School District is expanding its afterschool programs and summer learning camps to include all district students. “There was so much missed over the last 12 months,” Union Local High School Principal Zac Shutler told WTOV. “Even though we did provide remote learning, we knew not all those students had the same access, whether it be educators at home, technology at home. We felt we needed to do what we could to help those students.” The programs will include homework assistance, tutoring and enrichment activities.

YMCA Could Look to Expand Educational Offerings in Wake of COVID-19, The Herald-Dispatch (West Virgnia)

The Phil Cline YMCA in Huntington, West Virginia, operates two robust afterschool programs to support students’ development. At Kids in Motion, students learn how to live a healthy lifestyle through fun exercise activities, and the PROPEL program focuses on academic support, character development and life skills. The nonprofit is currently planning to expand its offerings to include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming and more. Program Director DuRon Jackson told the Herald-Dispatch that the pandemic has inspired them to “reach into different areas of well-being, whether that is with a community garden or partnering with different neighborhood associations that are going to help us…. Right now, the sky is the limit.”

Free Lunch Giveaways: How Families Discovered the Boys and Girls Club Amid Pandemic, WGXA News (Georgia)

Last spring and summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia had to suspend its out-of-school time programming due to the pandemic, but the organization continued to connect with families and meet students’ needs through free meal distributions. Now, the Club is again providing a safe environment for students to connect with mentors, get help with homework, play games and explore their interests, and it’s operating for longer hours to support students with remote learning, despite having fewer staff. “If you want a great experience, a home away from home, that’s safe and welcoming, come down to the Boys & Girls Club,” 16-year-old Phoenix Blackwell told WGXA News.

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio) When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/24/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California) Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/17/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida) Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/10/21

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas) The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/03/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin) At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/27/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico) Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española   will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/19/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts) To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/13/21

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee) At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/06/21

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia) A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/23/20

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii) Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/16/20