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Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

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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 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.”

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