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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: 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

Weekly Media Roundup: March 25, 2020

‘We Have Built a Very Strong Connection to Our Girls’: Girls Inc. Finding Creative Ways to Stay in Touch, Taunton Daily Gazette (Massachusetts) Each weekday, the Girls, Inc. program in Taunton, Massachusetts is offering a ‘virtual afterschool program’ via the video...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/25/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 18, 2020

Despite Closed Doors, Cooperage Continues to Serve, WNEP-TV (Pennsylvania) The Cooperage Project provides robust afterschool programming to children in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit recently had to cancel its afterschool program due to the coronavirus pandemic but, like other...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/18/20

Weekly Media Roundup: March 11, 2020

IPlay Gives San Antonio Kids a Safe Place to Play and Learn After School, KENS 5 (Texas) At iPlay afterschool programs in San Antonio, Texas, students can play basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, run track, get academic support and more. Fifty-eight elementary schools in and around San...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/11/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/04/20

Weekly Media Roundup: November 21, 2018

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

Weekly Media Roundup: July 18, 2018

Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts) At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/18/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 20, 2018

Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California) At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/20/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 13, 2018

Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

BY: Emily Hecker      06/13/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/06/18