LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 programs are closed due to coronavirus. At the school-based program, designed by the Burlington School District, each staff member is assigned a single child or set of siblings to care for, and groups remain in separate rooms to maintain social distancing. Daily activities include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects, outdoor time, arts, crafts and online learning from classroom teachers. “Staff put us all at ease with their warmth, energy and professionalism,” parent Lauren Dewey told Seven Days.
After-School Program Hosts Drive-Thru Fifth Grade Graduation in New Braunfels, Community Impact (Texas)
Since 2006, the New Braunfels Christian Ministries in New Braunfels, Texas has facilitated a free, daily afterschool program called Kids Club that includes tutoring, enrichment, meals and more. Last week, the program hosted a socially-distanced ‘drive through graduation’ for fifth grade students. Volunteers and teachers waved signs congratulating students on their accomplishments, and families received groceries and pizza. “This is a big milestone for these kids,” Christian Ministries Executive Director Brett Mosher told Community Impact.
Nonprofit Expands Free After School Programs Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Bronx Times (New York)
DMF Youth in New York City, New York provides free afterschool and summer programs that combine dance and social-emotional learning activities to promote students’ physical and mental wellbeing. While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the program has continued this mission through YouTube lessons and live Zoom chats. In these lessons, students learn new dance steps and choreography and take part in “awesome human challenges” designed to promote kindness, teamwork, mindfulness and confidence. DMF Youth will also distribute care packages to students with journals, letters from teachers, and art supplies. “After I dance with DMF Youth, I always feel better,” third grader Ta Jae told the Bronx Times. “I actually feel happy.”
Kumar's Cooking Class Goes Online, Fort Madison Daily Democrat (Iowa)
While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Elliott Test Kitchen afterschool program in Fort Madison, Iowa is combining cooking, history and science instruction in live classes online. In a recent class, students learned to make spinach tater tot casserole. While the casseroles were in the oven, a history teacher gave a lesson about railroad turn table material from the 19th Century, recently discovered in Fort Madison, and a science teacher demonstrated the difference between physical and chemical changes. Founder Kumar Wickramasingha is planning a summer learning program focused on science that incorporates cooking. “If you want kids to participate in summer learning, you have to add an incentive,” he told the Fort Madison Daily Democrat. “That’s where the cooking comes in.”
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