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Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: March 4, 2020

'Not a Babysitter': After-School Program Keeps Students Engaged After Final Bell Rings, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland)

In the Allegany County Public School afterschool program in Cumberland, Maryland, students have learned about cybersecurity from IBM employees, water testing from the Department of Natural Resources, opioid abuse prevention from the Health Department, and more. The afterschool program offers a daily snack, one-on-one homework help, and a wide variety of enrichment activities, including gardening, college and career exploration, computer coding, outdoor exercise, community service and financial literacy. “Students begin the school year asking when the program will start and are saddened when the program ends in the spring,” John Logsdon, ACPS Elementary School After-School Program director, told the Cumberland Times-News.

APPLE Program Hosts “Chopped” Competition to Encourage Nutrition, Andalusia Star-News (Alabama)

Last week, students in the A.P.P.L.E. (Academic Acceleration, Parent Involvement, Physical Fitness, Leadership Life Lessons, and Enrichment Activities) afterschool program in Andalusia, Alabama competed in small teams, each including a parent, to prepare a healthy meal in just 45 minutes using a pre-selected set of ingredients. Based on the popular reality show “Chopped,” the fun event showcased what students have learned about cooking and nutrition this year and aimed to spark family conversations about healthy eating. “A.P.P.L.E. is more than just babysitting and homework in the afternoons,” Program Manager Sondra Ramsden told the Andalusia Star-News. “It is an enrichment program that teaches these kids many life skills.”

Moving Arts Espanola After School Program Serves in an Underserved Community, New Mexico Living (NM)

Children ages three to 18 receive free farm-to-table meals, learn to dance flamenco and folklorico, take visual arts classes, get academic tutoring and more in the Moving Arts Española afterschool program in the Española Valley in New Mexico. Older students are often hired by the program to serve as mentors and tutors for younger students. “We’re proud of what we’re doing. We were recognized last year by CNN Heroes,” Co-Founder & Executive Director Salvador Ruiz told New Mexico Living.

From Outer Space to Inner City: Retired Astronaut Visits Tulsa After-School Program to Inspire Big Dreams, Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

Paul Lockhart, a retired Air Force colonel and astronaut who piloted two missions to the International Space Station, recently spoke to about 40 students in the afterschool program at the John 3:16 Mission Family and Youth Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lockhart taught students about space travel, explained his career path, and encouraged students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). After the event, students stayed to ask Lockhart questions. “I feel like this is really going to get them to dream,” Brian Bost, director of the John 3:16 Family and Youth Center, told the Tulsa World. “They don’t get a lot of this.”

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20