LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 learning English in Cullowhee, North Carolina can attend a comprehensive afterschool program designed to support their academic achievement. The Language Enhancement Afterschool Program (LEAP) enlists Western Carolina University education students to support Cullowhee Valley School students and their families at Cullowhee United Methodist Church, which donates its space. “I think the greatest thing about LEAP is watching our Latinx students and other multilingual students who came through the North Carolina public schools reaching out and helping Cullowhee Valley’s English language learners to ensure they do well in school and have the opportunity to go to college themselves,” WCU Associate Professor Eleanor Petrone told the News Herald.
Garden Educates Youth While Meeting Neighborhood Need, High Point Enterprise (North Carolina)
During the pandemic, the D-UP afterschool program in High Point, North Carolina has expanded its Eatery Sprout Education Garden program from two to 12 raised garden beds. The program uses the garden to teach about 50 children about gardening, cooking, and healthy lifestyles. Students garden together outdoors and in masks, and the produce is available to the surrounding community. “We’re taking a holistic approach in looking at food security. We’ll always be there to provide food for our families, especially during COVID,” Executive Director Jakki Davis told the High Point Enterprise. “At the same time, the Eatery Sprout is allowing us to educate them about how they can have their own garden and what is healthy to eat.”
Ukiah Unified, City, SPACE Enhancing In-Person After-School Activities, Ukiah Daily Journal (California)
At the Ukiah Unified School District’s afterschool programs in Ukiah, California, children get help with homework, explore robotics, do Science Olympiad activities, take part in theater classes, play volleyball, and more. The school district partnered with SPACE and the City of Ukiah to offer in-person afterschool programs with strict social distancing measures during the pandemic. “The afterschool program has been a huge blessing to our family,” parent Joni Wellington told the Ukiah Daily Journal. “The program gives the kids an opportunity to get out of the house after sitting at home on computers for hours in the mornings. Now their afternoons are filled with exercise, laughter, friendship, and even help with their homework, which makes our family time in the evening more enjoyable too!”
Program Keeps Kids Engaged and Empowered During Struggles of Remote Learning, Pix 11 (New York)
Through daily virtual sessions, the Inspiring Minds afterschool program in New York City is helping more than 300 at-risk teens cope with challenges during the pandemic and stay on track at school and in life. In the program, students connect with mentors, learn about civic engagement from guest speakers who look like them, explore their cultural identity, practice coping strategies for stress and anxiety, and more. “It really made my motivation come back, and I was able to make sense of everything better, because I developed a goal,” high schooler Zindzhi Sonyika told Pix 11. “Even if the goals are a little bit at a time, every week, I always reach them using the tools that I learned.”
Leon County Schools Invests $1.5M in Summer Programs to Prevent ‘COVID Slide,’ WCTV (Florida)
Throughout June and July, students in Leon County, Florida will have the opportunity to...
Operation Go: After school program teaches kids new skills with positive affirmations, Rochesterfirst.com (New York)
The Operation Go afterschool program in Rochester, New York seeks to educate...
After-School Program at Local Charter School a Popular Activity for Students, East Idaho News (Idaho)
Each day after school at White Pine Charter School in Ammon, Idaho, more than 200 students...
After-School Programs Have Either Been Abandoned or Overworked, Hechinger Report
Afterschool programs have faced numerous challenges during the pandemic, including pivoting to providing full-day...
How YMCA Judson is a Constant in the Lives of Former Mill Village Residents in Need, Greenville News (South Carolina)
Shortly after the pandemic hit, the YMCA Judson Community Center teamed up...
Moscow School District’s Adventure Club Returns with Adjustments Aimed at Keeping COVID-19 at Bay, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho)
This summer, students in Moscow, Idaho will benefit from...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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