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Weekly Media Roundup: September 18, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: September 18, 2019

YouthPlaces Is Offering Kids A Place to Hang Out Downtown After School, WESA-FM (Pennsylvania)

When YouthPlaces, a Pittsburgh nonprofit, surveyed students about the possibility of an afterschool program to offer teens a safe, constructive space and also reduce loitering downtown, the response was overwhelmingly positive. As a result, the nonprofit will open a program in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this year. The new program will be open from 8 am to 8 pm and will include mentorship, tutoring, an entrepreneurship and innovation incubator, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programming, and more. “We’re adults. We sometimes come from places of what we wanted when we were kids, and it’s not the same, especially with technology…. Youth input on what they want to do creates more buy-in,” President and CEO Cynthia James told WESA.

Students Create Businesses, Start Their Own Companies at Young Entrepreneur Academy, Mansfield News Journal (Ohio)

Over the past five years, students in the Young Entrepreneurship Academy afterschool program in Mansfield, Ohio have started businesses ranging from a computer game company to a business that re-sells motorcycle parts. In the year-long program’s three phases – the big idea, the pitch, and the launch – students learn about branding and marketing, write their own business plans, pitch their ideas to local investors and business owners, earn startup funding, and register their new companies with the secretary of state’s office. “It’s so cool to see what they accomplish, and how much they grow,” Program Coordinator Nikki Lewis told the Mansfield News Journal. “I know that some of my past grads are in college now, and it’s fun to know what they’re doing, how successful they are in college.”

Grant to Provide Funding for New After-School Program at WEMS, Williams News (Arizona)

Children in preschool through eighth grade at Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) in Arizona will benefit from a robust, hands-on afterschool program this year thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The Falcon Flyers program will focus on academic and social and emotional development. Students will receive academic support from certified teachers, and activities will include theater, science, cooking, sewing, and more. The program will also offer parents language and employment resources. “Family time is super important, but a lot of families can’t provide that right after school,” Principal Carissa Morrison told the Williams News. “Some [students] are watching TV, playing video games or maybe not in a safe place. This will give those students good role models and some structure.”

Warrensburg After-School Program Recognized by School Boards Association, The Post Star (New York)

Students who attend the In the Zone afterschool program in Warrensburg, New York show a 48 percent decrease in early dismissals and a 28 percent decrease in absenteeism, according to the school superintendent. Seventy students attend the program, where they perform community service, engage in physical activity, get help with their homework, make crafts and more. The New York State School Boards Association recently recognized the program as a “Champion of Change for Kids.” “We were thrilled we were recognized,” School Superintendent John Goralski told the Post Star.

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After-School Program Named for Some of Sarasota’s First Black School Administrators, Herald-Tribune (Florida) At a new afterschool program in Sarasota, Florida, children living in a mixed-income housing community will create relationships with college students who serve as mentors, get...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/02/19

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East LA Board Shop Combines Skateboarding, Education To Keep Kids Off The Streets, CBSN Los Angeles (California) The Garage Board Shop, a skateboard retail store in Los Angeles, was originally a business opportunity for its owners. But soon, they converted it to a nonprofit that facilitates an...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/25/19

Weekly Media Roundup: September 18, 2019

YouthPlaces Is Offering Kids A Place to Hang Out Downtown After School, WESA-FM (Pennsylvania) When YouthPlaces, a Pittsburgh nonprofit, surveyed students about the possibility of an afterschool program to offer teens a safe, constructive space and also reduce loitering downtown, the response...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/18/19

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Junta’s After-School “Place” Thrives in New Home, New Haven Independent (Connecticut) The Neighborhood Place (TNP), an afterschool program in New Haven, Connecticut, can now reach up to 75 students with academic support and artistic programming since moving into a larger space....

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      09/11/19

Weekly Media Roundup: September 4, 2019

Expanding ROC Kids Read Literacy Program at Rec Centers, Rochester First (New York) This fall, more than 200 students will strengthen their literacy skills at afterschool programs in recreation centers throughout Rochester, New York. Spearheaded by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, the ROC Kids...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/04/19

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With New Bradenton Facility, Boys & Girls Clubs Will Serve Even More Youth in Manatee, Bradenton Herald (Florida) This week, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County in Florida cut the ribbon for a new, 37,800-square-foot facility where students will be able to learn healthy behaviors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/28/19

Weekly Media Roundup: August 14, 2019

Connecticut Students Explore Plastic Consumption Project, Greenwich Time (Connecticut) A group of rising seventh graders in Greenwich, Connecticut spent their summer learning about environmental sustainability and interviewing local business leaders about plastic use as part of the Horizons...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/14/19

Weekly Media Roundup: August 7, 2019

Summer Learners Enjoy a 5-Star Taste of the Real World, The Westerly Sun (Rhode Island) Students in the Tower Street Community Center Summer Learning Program explored culinary arts, nutrition, sustainable farming, the hospitality industry and more during a recent trip to Ocean House hotel and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/07/19

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A Summer of Career Exploration in the Gate City, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)  Woodworking, cosmetology and culinary arts are among the career paths middle school students are exploring this summer at the Power Scholars...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/31/19

Weekly Media Roundup: July 24, 2019

Science Camp Offers Fun, Learning: Sallie B. Howard School Hosted Monthlong Program, Wake Weekly (North Carolina) Eighty-five soon-to-be sixth graders attended Sipnayan Camp this year in Wilson, North Carolina. Over the course of the program, the students studied math and reading, performed...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/24/19

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Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The  Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania) University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/09/19

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Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts) At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...

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Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

BY: Emily Hecker      06/13/18

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Express Yourself Milwaukee 'Moves It!' and Makes Magic (WUWM, Wisconsin) During the afterschool program Express Yourself Milwaukee, artist and coordinator Holly Haebig teaches students how to perform, dance and express themselves. Students in the program are currently preparing for their...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/23/18

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After School Club Teaches Students Patience and Discipline (Tapinto.net, New Jersey) The Korean martial art of Kumdo has made its way to a Camden afterschool program. Kipp Lanning Square Middle School students learn a lot more than simple fighting tactics from their sparring sessions –...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/16/18

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Forestview After-School STEM Clubs Highlight Need, Booming Popularity (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, Minnesota) The afterschool programs at Forestview Middle School are overwhelmingly geared toward STEM. Many students are currently participating in the robotics club; others are learning to...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/09/18

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As State’s First Lady Visits, After-School Programs Worry About Funding (KTVF, Alaska) Alaska First Lady Donna Walker, as part of her role as Honorary Chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust Board of Directors, toured Joy Elementary School in Fairbanks last week to learn more about the...

BY: Luci Manning      04/04/18

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Mobile Community Center Heads to Troubled Neighborhood; High Hopes for After-School Care (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas) The Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth will hopefully be opening a brick-and-mortar community center later this year; until then, an...

BY: Luci Manning      03/14/18

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For Camden Teens, ‘Black Panther’ Lives Up to the Hype (Courier Post, New Jersey) Some 100 students from Camden area schools and afterschool programs were treated to an advance screening of the new ‘Black Panther’ film thanks to Campbell Soup Company’s Black...

BY: Luci Manning      02/21/18

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Henley Student Honored for After-School Program (Herald and News, Oregon) High school sophomore Nicole Cleland was recently honored with a $1,000 donation from U.S. Cellular to put towards the innovative afterschool program she developed for elementary school students. Cleland’s program...

BY: Luci Manning      02/14/18

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Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware) In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/21/18

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Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts) At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...

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Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California) At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/20/18

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Morristown’s New After-School Program Praised by Assemblywoman Jenne (North Country This Week, New York) The Green Rockets Rising afterschool program was recently visited by Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, who praised the impact the program has on students at Morristown Central School....

BY: Emily Hecker      06/13/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/06/18

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Forestview After-School STEM Clubs Highlight Need, Booming Popularity (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, Minnesota) The afterschool programs at Forestview Middle School are overwhelmingly geared toward STEM. Many students are currently participating in the robotics club; others are learning to...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/09/18

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How an After-School Program Helps Girls of Color See Themselves as Beautiful (Lansing State Journal, Michigan) After moving to Detroit, Sheri Crawley, a mother of two girls of color, noticed a glaring lack of role models for her daughters. She decided to take matters into her own hands by...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/02/18

Weekly Media Roundup: March 21, 2018

Environmental Science Center Creates Future Conservationists (Westside Seattle, Washington) The nonprofit Environmental Science Center connects youth and other community members with nature. The center hopes that by introducing students to the environment through hands-on scientific...

BY: Luci Manning      03/21/18

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Mobile Community Center Heads to Troubled Neighborhood; High Hopes for After-School Care (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas) The Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth will hopefully be opening a brick-and-mortar community center later this year; until then, an...

BY: Luci Manning      03/14/18

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Community Schools a Way to Improve Education (Commercial Appeal, Tennessee) Knoxville businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd vouches for community schools – like the one he helped launch at Pond Gap Elementary School – as a way to help low-income students...

BY: Luci Manning      01/31/18

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Program connects young minds with learning at Boys & Girls Club (Lowell Sun, Massachusetts) At a STEAM makerspace in Billerica, Mass., hands-on experiences with cutting-edge technology stimulate students’ love of learning. Created by the local Boys & Girls Club and supported by...

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Event Connects After-School Programs with Colleges (Youth Today) Students from the Brooklyn afterschool program Stoked and other local programs attended a college fair to network with recruiters, meet with college admissions counselors and receive plenty of help in planning their academic...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/30/18

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After School Club Teaches Students Patience and Discipline (Tapinto.net, New Jersey) The Korean martial art of Kumdo has made its way to a Camden afterschool program. Kipp Lanning Square Middle School students learn a lot more than simple fighting tactics from their sparring sessions –...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/16/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 2, 2018

How an After-School Program Helps Girls of Color See Themselves as Beautiful (Lansing State Journal, Michigan) After moving to Detroit, Sheri Crawley, a mother of two girls of color, noticed a glaring lack of role models for her daughters. She decided to take matters into her own hands by...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/02/18

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As State’s First Lady Visits, After-School Programs Worry About Funding (KTVF, Alaska) Alaska First Lady Donna Walker, as part of her role as Honorary Chair of the Alaska Children’s Trust Board of Directors, toured Joy Elementary School in Fairbanks last week to learn more about the...

BY: Luci Manning      04/04/18

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2018

For Camden Teens, ‘Black Panther’ Lives Up to the Hype (Courier Post, New Jersey) Some 100 students from Camden area schools and afterschool programs were treated to an advance screening of the new ‘Black Panther’ film thanks to Campbell Soup Company’s Black...

BY: Luci Manning      02/21/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2018

Community Schools a Way to Improve Education (Commercial Appeal, Tennessee) Knoxville businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd vouches for community schools – like the one he helped launch at Pond Gap Elementary School – as a way to help low-income students...

BY: Luci Manning      01/31/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2018

Neighborhood Center Is a Hit with Residents (Chico Enterprise-Record, California) Anaheim’s new community center at Ponderosa Park is attracting locals of all ages to its afterschool programs, nutrition classes and educational workshops. The newly refurbished center opened last month and...

BY: Luci Manning      01/03/18

Weekly Media Roundup: November 22, 2017

Program Helps Students Deal with Trauma, Stress at Home (Las Vegas Review Journal, Nevada) Nonprofit Healing Hearts’ afterschool program has made a big difference helping youths work through their stress, anger, anxiety and depression. The Teens in Action program addresses trauma and...

BY: Luci Manning      11/22/17

Weekly Media Roundup: October 11, 2017

Why Students Flip for Milton High’s Cirque-Inspired Classes (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) A unique elective at Milton High School is teaching students acrobatics and choreography based on the famous Cirque de Soleil circus performances after school. “My parents made me...

BY: Luci Manning      10/11/17

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Campers build confidence at Bricks 4 Kidz (The Bakersfield Californian, California) At a day camp in Bakersfield, children spend their days building all kinds of structures with LEGO® bricks, learning STEM concepts along the way. With a different theme to inspire them each week, campers at...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/20/18

Weekly Media Roundup: June 6, 2018

Gwinnett Mom’s Programming Venture Gives Kids A Code for Fun (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia) After noticing the lack of STEM-related education programs in her children’s school, Nidhi Jain, a skilled programmer, decided to take matters into her own hands. Using a free...

BY: Emily Hecker      06/06/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 2, 2018

How an After-School Program Helps Girls of Color See Themselves as Beautiful (Lansing State Journal, Michigan) After moving to Detroit, Sheri Crawley, a mother of two girls of color, noticed a glaring lack of role models for her daughters. She decided to take matters into her own hands by...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/02/18

Weekly Media Roundup – April 11, 2018

Volunteers Keep Kids Fed (Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Oklahoma) Afterschool programs and nonprofits in Bartlesville are stepping up to make sure students are cared for during the Oklahoma teacher walkout. The Salvation Army extended its Red Shield Club afterschool program hours to cover...

BY: Luci Manning      04/12/18

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2018

For Camden Teens, ‘Black Panther’ Lives Up to the Hype (Courier Post, New Jersey) Some 100 students from Camden area schools and afterschool programs were treated to an advance screening of the new ‘Black Panther’ film thanks to Campbell Soup Company’s Black...

BY: Luci Manning      02/21/18

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2018

Henley Student Honored for After-School Program (Herald and News, Oregon) High school sophomore Nicole Cleland was recently honored with a $1,000 donation from U.S. Cellular to put towards the innovative afterschool program she developed for elementary school students. Cleland’s program...

BY: Luci Manning      02/14/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2018

Students Learn How to Create Meals with Sparse Resources (Tahlequah Daily Press, Oklahoma) A Hulbert High School senior is helping her peers learn to cook delicious, creative meals through Kayla’s Teen Cooking Club. Kayla Rooster runs the club through the Hulbert Community Library, working...

BY: Luci Manning      01/17/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2018

Neighborhood Center Is a Hit with Residents (Chico Enterprise-Record, California) Anaheim’s new community center at Ponderosa Park is attracting locals of all ages to its afterschool programs, nutrition classes and educational workshops. The newly refurbished center opened last month and...

BY: Luci Manning      01/03/18

Weekly Media Roundup: November 21, 2018

Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware) In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/21/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 23, 2018

Express Yourself Milwaukee 'Moves It!' and Makes Magic (WUWM, Wisconsin) During the afterschool program Express Yourself Milwaukee, artist and coordinator Holly Haebig teaches students how to perform, dance and express themselves. Students in the program are currently preparing for their...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/23/18

Weekly Media Roundup: May 2, 2018

How an After-School Program Helps Girls of Color See Themselves as Beautiful (Lansing State Journal, Michigan) After moving to Detroit, Sheri Crawley, a mother of two girls of color, noticed a glaring lack of role models for her daughters. She decided to take matters into her own hands by...

BY: Emily Hecker      05/02/18

Weekly Media Roundup: April 18, 2018

After-School Programs Empower Kids, but Need Exceeds Funding (Yakima Herald, Washington) Students in Washington State’s various out-of-school time programs have the chance to explore possible careers, develop positive relationships with adults and mentors and avoid getting into trouble in...

BY: Luci Manning      04/18/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2018

Students Learn How to Create Meals with Sparse Resources (Tahlequah Daily Press, Oklahoma) A Hulbert High School senior is helping her peers learn to cook delicious, creative meals through Kayla’s Teen Cooking Club. Kayla Rooster runs the club through the Hulbert Community Library, working...

BY: Luci Manning      01/17/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2018

Neighborhood Center Is a Hit with Residents (Chico Enterprise-Record, California) Anaheim’s new community center at Ponderosa Park is attracting locals of all ages to its afterschool programs, nutrition classes and educational workshops. The newly refurbished center opened last month and...

BY: Luci Manning      01/03/18

Weekly Media Roundup: November 8, 2017

Former Student Shares How Bellevue’s Jubilee Reach Provided Help (Bellevue Reporter, Washington) Current University of Washington student and REACH afterschool program alumna Jeyma Garcia will share how instrumental the REACH afterschool program was to her at the annual Festival of Trees...

BY: Luci Manning      11/08/17

Weekly Media Roundup: August 8, 2018

Making a model of Math Corps In Detroit, Michigan, the Math Corps academic and mentoring program is looking to expand to Detroit public schools, several new states and potentially two West African countries. In its 26-year-history, Math Corps has reached approximately 3,000 low-income students...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/08/18

Weekly Media Roundup: March 14, 2018

Mobile Community Center Heads to Troubled Neighborhood; High Hopes for After-School Care (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas) The Las Vegas Trail Revitalization Project and Catholic Charities of Fort Worth will hopefully be opening a brick-and-mortar community center later this year; until then, an...

BY: Luci Manning      03/14/18

Weekly Media Roundup: February 7, 2018

CareFlight Lands at Johnson Elementary School for BOYS2MEN Program (Montrose Daily Press, Colorado) More than 40 boys at Johnson Elementary School were thrilled to get a visit from a medical helicopter last week as part of the BOYS2MEN afterschool program. Community figures like firefighters,...

BY: Luci Manning      02/07/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2018

New Team Sport Opens for Creston Youth (Creston News Advertiser, Iowa) Nearly 70 Creston students in fourth through 12th grade are learning focus, self-control, patience and discipline through archery after school. The Creston Archery team opened last year as part of the National Archery in...

BY: Luci Manning      01/24/18

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2018

Students Learn How to Create Meals with Sparse Resources (Tahlequah Daily Press, Oklahoma) A Hulbert High School senior is helping her peers learn to cook delicious, creative meals through Kayla’s Teen Cooking Club. Kayla Rooster runs the club through the Hulbert Community Library, working...

BY: Luci Manning      01/17/18

Weekly Media Roundup: November 15, 2017

These Girls Now Have Big Dreams — Thanks to these Mentoring Programs (The Miami Herald, Florida) Three unique afterschool programs in South Florida are inspiring girls to build their confidence and professional ambition. Honey Shine motivates girls to pursue higher education while...

BY: Luci Manning      11/15/17

Weekly Media Roundup: October 18, 2017

How Important Is Time? Upcoming Event Shines Light on After-School Program (Dothan Eagle, Alabama) The Boys & Girls Club of Hawk-Houston is hoping to engage the Dothan community with its afterschool program by hosting its tenth annual Lights On Afterschool event next Thursday. “We want...

BY: Luci Manning      10/18/17