Weekly Media Roundup: October 7, 2020


Weekly Media Roundup: October 7, 2020

Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys Still Offering After-School Programs, Courier Express (Pennsylvania)

At the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys afterschool program in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, students choose between a wide range of activities to explore their interests and develop new skills. In addition to homework help, students learn about health and wellness, drama, cooking nutritious foods, creating media, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and more. The program is currently operating in-person with extensive precautions including masks and social distancing. “These kids rely on our staff to provide comfort, food and programs to help them, not only to develop educationally, but grow as a person,” Chief Executive Officer Joe Jacob told the Courier Express. “It truly is a remarkable offering for our rural community. Most clubs are in urban areas so the kids in our community are extremely fortunate to have a Boys and Girls Club and a safe place to go after school.”

Alexandria Rec Centers Provide Childcare Options for Essential Workers, The Zebra (Virginia)

About 250 students in Alexandria, Virginia currently benefit from free, full-day distance learning programs provided by the William Ramsay Recreation Center, YMCA Alexandria, and other afterschool and community programs. These programs have partnered with Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) to provide safe, socially distanced spaces for students to do distance learning while their parents work. Students also have access to tutoring and enrichment through ACPS Link Club afterschool programs. “I like coming here because after online school, we get active and get some fresh air. We get everything we need here,” Anh Nguyen, a fifth grader, told the Zebra.

Hartford After-School Program Helps Kids Chase Their Dreams, NBC Connecticut (Connecticut)

During the pandemic, Dream Camp’s afterschool and summer program in Hartford, Connecticut has continued serving students and their families with live virtual programming and regular meal and activity kit distributions. Through live, interactive instruction on Zoom, students in first through 12th grade complete hands-on STEM activities, develop their artistic abilities, participate in physical fitness classes, get help with math and reading and more.“[My son] said oh, we learned this in camp, how to build a robot. So let’s see if I can make a robot out of my Legos…. Now he’s exploring lots of things. I just think that this camp is great. It has given us a lot of opportunities,” parent Ludy Henderson told NBC Connecticut.

El Monte After-School Program Helps Parents, Kids Cope With Distance Learning, Spectrum News 1 (California)

To support families during the pandemic, El Monte, California Mayor Andre Quintero recently helped launch a free afterschool program called the COVID-19 Youth Learn & Care program. Facilitated by the El Monte Parks and Recreation Department, the program offers outdoor recreation and educational activities ranging from water balloon races to engineering projects. The goal is to support students’ academic and social and emotional growth while supporting families with child care. "It gives parents breathing room so they can take a little bit of a break," Mayor Quintero told Spectrum News 1. "And it gives children the opportunity to be with other children."

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/26/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/19/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/12/20

Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/05/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 22, 2020

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....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/22/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

Hoops and Homework Centers in Framingham Reopen with ‘Super Duper Excited’ Students, Metrowest Daily News (Massachusetts) When schools and programs closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hoops and Homework afterschool program quickly pivoted to supporting students through...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/15/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/08/20

Weekly Media Roundup: July 1, 2020

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....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/01/20

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/24/20