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Weekly Media Roundup: September 15, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: September 15, 2021

'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)

When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal after an education career spanning more than three decades, she decided to continue to serve children by opening a free afterschool program called Grandma’s House in Tulare, California. “I thought: You are old enough to retire, but too young to do nothing,” Johnson told the Visalia Times Delta. Over the past 14 years, Grandma’s House has supported hundreds of students with tutoring and mentorship. Earlier this week, California Assemblyman Devon Mathis presented Johnson with the Tulare Woman of the Year Award.

Offering After-School Programs and Open Labs, DSU Opens New K-12 STEM Outreach Center, Cedar City News (Utah)

At the newly opened K-12 STEM Outreach Center at Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, students can explore a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields ranging from coding to cybersecurity to robotics. The center offers afterschool programs, open labs and workshops facilitated by university students. “Anytime you give kids the opportunity to create, make or innovate in a space, their minds get excited and people get energized,” Eric Pedersen, dean of the DSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology, told Cedar City News. “As they build skills to do it on their own, their confidence grows – both for those who are mentoring and those who are being mentored.”

Cities in Schools Expands to Plainview with Pilot Program¸ Daily Ardmoreite (Oklahoma)

Cities in Schools is expanding its afterschool program in Ardmore, Oklahoma by including older students in a unique way. The pilot program is recruiting and training high school students to be mentors to elementary school students participating in its afterschool program. “Maybe somebody needs help with their reading, maybe one of the [younger students] needs a positive influence,” Cities in Schools Board President Daryle Steele told Daily Ardmoreite. “We’re saying ‘mentor’ because it’s a broad spectrum. That could be playing checkers to working on your math homework.” Based on the success of the initiative, Cities in Schools hopes to expand the program to other school districts.

New After-School Program Launches in Smyth, Smyth County News & Messenger (Virginia)

Recognizing the unmet need for afterschool programming, Smyth County, Virginia administrators and four local elementary schools quickly pulled together resources to open the Smyth County Explorers afterschool program in time for the beginning of the school year. “An amazing partnership happened within two weeks,” County Administrator Shawn Utt told Smyth County News & Messenger. The afterschool programs are located at participating elementary schools and provide homework assistance, physical activities and snacks.

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

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