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Weekly Media Roundup: October 28, 2020

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Weekly Media Roundup: October 28, 2020

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.

Weekly Media Roundup: August 26, 2020

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 19, 2020

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 12, 2020

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...

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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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 29, 2020

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...

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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....

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 8, 2020

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...

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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....

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

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...

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