LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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 Centers initiative are helping students develop new skills and explore careers through virtual, hands-on programming during the pandemic. The programs have partnered with Flying Classroom to increase student’s exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students have completed hands-on projects connected to video lessons from Barrington Irving, the first Black pilot to fly a plane solo around the world. Students recently took a socially distanced field trip to an airport to meet Irving. “We still wanted to support the school day learning, but we don’t necessarily want it to look exactly like it,” Daryle Rogers, out-of-school time and extended learning coordinator for Hampton City Schools and an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, told the Daily Press.
Lights On Afterschool Parade Celebrates Full-Day Programs Amid Pandemic, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
Last Thursday, a parade of cars decorated with the logos of afterschool programs made its way around the Wisconsin State Capitol to celebrate Lights On Afterschool and raise awareness about how Wisconsin afterschool programs support students and families. Several programs came together for the event, which shined a light on the vast array of services afterschool programs are providing during the pandemic, including full-day programs for students whose schools are operating remotely. “We are glad to be able to celebrate,” Rebecca Carlin, executive director of the Wisconsin Youth Company, told the Wisconsin State Journal. “This year it seems particularly important to highlight what our staff are doing.”
'Their Smile Says It All': New Prairie Schools Resume After-School Clubs, ABC 57 (Indiana)
More than 350 New Prairie United School students in New Carlisle, Indiana are benefiting from comprehensive afterschool programs, which recently reopened in-person for the new school year. Activities include homework help, physical activities, a LEGO club, nutrition education, and more. The programs have been able to take extensive social distancing and sanitation precautions thanks to a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Laporte and funding from the CARES Act. “I think sometimes it’s an area of enrichment that gets overlooked and it’s such an important piece of their overall educational experience," Coordinator Erika Buhring told ABC 57. “We have a nice variety of all sorts of different programs.”
Project Success Celebrates Lights On Afterschool, The Commercial-News (Illinois)
Students completed a scavenger hunt, showcased their art projects, learned to cook nutritious food, participated in a group meditation, and more at Lights On Afterschool events held by Project Success of Vermilion County in Illinois last week. The outdoor, socially distanced events showcased the many ways Project Success supports students’ academic success and physical and emotional health. Project Success is currently offering both in-person and virtual programs. “It was fun for [the students] to do,” Site Coordinator Kelsie Coleman told the Commercial-News.
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