Afterschool Snack Archives
By Molly Tomlinson
“In the absence of school, the Mays Landing branch of the Atlantic County Public Library has stepped up to help, offering summer reading programs for kids aimed at preventing summer learning loss,” the Press of Atlantic City reports. The library has created the “Burrow Into a Book with Me Book Club” to go along with arts and crafts to engage young students and promote learning during the summertime.
More than 200 students are participating in summer learning programs in Greenville thanks to a unique partnership between the Phillis Wheatley Association and Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church. The two groups brought together a variety of community partners to make the program a success. Some partners include: Certus Bank, Great Outdoor Adventure Trips, First Baptist Greenville, Greenville Tech Charter School, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina and the Boy Scouts. Organizers told the Greenville Times that the summer program may lead to an afterschool program this fall.
More than a dozen young people from around Nashua took part in a week-long summer program where they learned how to design video games and build and program remote control cars. The camp was organized by Nashua’s RoboTech Center, an organization that provides technology and science-based education programs for students in the summer and afterschool programs during the school year. Program Manager Suzanne Delaney told the Nashua Telegraph that too often “schools need to spend time reviewing reading, writing and basic math skills, and do not have the opportunity to explore more advanced technology with young students.”
Splitting cells. Using a mass spectrometer. Learning how chemicals react. These are some of the things 10 South Bend area teens are learning in Project SEED, a summer program from the American Chemical Society that provides economically disadvantaged high school students the opportunity to do paid hands-on research in the chemical sciences, the South Bend Tribune reports. As part of the program the teens are mentored by the scientists with whom they work, learn about college opportunities and write a five-page paper about their summer experience.
By Erik Peterson
The Republican Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill passed the House of Representatives this morning by a vote of 221 to 207, with 12 Republicans joining House Democrats in opposing the bill.
HR 5, the Student Success Act, does not reauthorize the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, which could lead to more than 1.1 million students losing access to desperately needed afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs that keep students safe, inspire learning and provide a lifeline for our hard working families. While the bill does create the Local Competitive Grant Program that would fund “supplemental student support activities such as before, after, or summer school activities, tutoring, and expanded learning time;” it allows the same Grant Program to also support school day activities, such as academic subject-specific programs, adjunct teacher programs, extended learning time programs, dual enrollment programs and parent engagement. At a time when local and state funding is declining, it is likely that this grant would predominantly be used to fund activities during the school day.
By Erik Peterson
The House Republican Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill is scheduled to make its way to the floor of the House of Representatives today. HR 5, the Student Success Act, debate on the House floor will start today and a final vote will most likely take place tomorrow. The White House has issued a veto threat on the bill and stated it “would represent a significant step backwards in the effort to help our Nation's children and their families prepare for their futures.”
HR 5 does not reauthorize the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative, which could lead to more than 1.1 million students losing access to desperately needed afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs that keep students safe, inspire learning and provide a lifeline for our hard working families. While the bill does create the Local Competitive Grant Program that would fund “supplemental student support activities such as before, after, or summer school activities, tutoring, and expanded learning time.” It also allows the same funds to support school day activities, such as academic subject specific programs, adjunct teacher programs, extended learning time programs, dual enrollment programs and parent engagement. At a time when local and state funding is declining, it is likely that this grant would predominantly be used to fund activities during the school day.
By Jodi Grant
Earlier this week, the Coalition for Science After School (CSAS) announced plans to sunset early next year, concluding a decade of impressive work advancing the cause of science education in afterschool programs. I have been privileged to serve on the organization's advisory board, so I've seen up close the outstanding work of the organization.
When CSAS came on the scene in 2004, afterschool programs had barely begun to tap their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) potential. With CSAS's leadership, the contributions of several other state and national organizations, and countless hours of hard work by educators in the field, afterschool programs are now rightly recognized as a vital force for STEM. Across the nation today, afterschool and summer learning programs are offering kids hands-on, sleeves-rolled-up opportunities to build robots, to plant and tend gardens, learn about biology and rocketry, and so much more.
By Molly Tomlinson
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn spent last Sunday morning listening to choirs at The Lighthouse Church of All Nations and speaking out against gun violence. In his remarks to the church congregation, Gov. Quinn said, “I think it’s very important, from birth on, that we have not only early childhood education, but after-school programs for young people so they can see, as the pastor said, there’s a big world outside the street corner and we don’t want them to go back to a street corner with the gangs,” the Southtown Star reports. “Breaking that cycle of the gangs is imperative to public safety,” he continued.
The Press of Atlantic City reports on what seventh- and eighth-grade students in a Wildwood Middle School journalism class believe makes their school special. Student Gustavo Perez said the afterschool program is the one thing that makes his school special. “The After School Program holds lots of activities like science, steel drums, acting, cooking, film, and many more activities to do! In cooking you can learn to make delicious foods. There is also film, where you can play the computer or make videos! Some students don't know how special the program can be so they don't sign up, so I think more people should sign up and know the real fun!”
Students enrolled in this summer’s Sturgis Area After-School Program have been busy making stepping stones and sprucing up the Sturgis Elementary School student garden and taking care of and harvesting produce from the garden, the Rapid City Journal reports.
The YMCA’s Summer Learning Institute and Tulsa Public Schools’ summer school program is keeping 750 kids’ minds and bodies active this summer. All summer learning students participate in reading, math and physical fitness activities and learn about nutrition. “This is my first summer going to summer school, and I want to do it again next year,” Jonathan Warrior, a 9-year-old who normally attends Wright Elementary School, told Tulsa World.
By Sarah Keller
Yesterday the Senate Afterschool Caucus hosted a policy briefing highlighting the positive impact on students and communities of rural before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs. The briefing
allowed participants to discuss how the federal 21st
Century Community Learning Centers (21st
CCLC) initiative greatly benefits rural students and their families. Participants included Sandy Klaus, Principal of Starmont Elementary School in Arlington, Iowa; Dr. Jennifer Skuza, Assistant Dean of the Center for Youth Development at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Dorothy McCargo Freeman of 4-H in Minnesota; and Shelby Dettinger, Grant Programs Officer of World Vision Appalachia in Philippi, West Virginia.
All four panelists keyed in on the theme that afterschool programs are more than just places where students do their homework and stay until their parents get off of work. They truly are places that positively impact students and the entire community over the long-term. While panelists detailed academic outcomes of programs, they also called out a number of other important program benefits:
By Erik Peterson
The Fiscal Year 2014 spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education was adopted by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday and the full Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The major funding stream for afterschool, before-school and summer learning programs, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative, received a slight increase under the bill for a proposed total of $1.2 billion for FY2014, up from $1.091 billion for the current fiscal year (post sequester). Similar to last year, authorizing language was included in the bill that would change federal afterschool policy and divert 21st CCLC dollars from afterschool and summer learning programs to fund a longer school day, week or year.
The 21st CCLC program serves more than one million children from low-income families that attend high-need schools by providing safe and enriching environments during the hours when their parents are at work after school, before-school and during summer. 21st CCLC programs have been praised by law enforcement for keeping young people safe at a time of day when they are otherwise unsupervised. Recent research has also shown the effectiveness of 21st CCLC programs to improve student attendance at school and increase academic success.
By Molly Tomlinson
Students from Lafayette Elementary School students delivered homemade blankets and cards to St. Joseph Hospital patients last month. The hospital told the Eureka Times-Standard, “For the past several years, students in Lafayette Elementary School’s After School Program have made blankets and then donated them to the hospital. It's a project the kids look forward to each year.”
The Bridges afterschool and school lunch programs are improving children’s nutrition and combating obesity with a vegetable and fruit garden. Students have installed raised beds, planted seeds, weeded and are now eating their results. Zoe Madden, director of coordinated school health said that most of the crops will be sent home with the students who worked on the garden and some crops will be used in afterschool healthy cooking and taste-testing programs. “Students in the Bridges summer program already have made chili, ranch dressing and pesto from their vegetables and herbs,” The Day reports.
Summer school at Lincoln Elementary School in Janesville is teaching engineering to young students. The curriculum requires students to learn new words, use measuring devices, and learn how engineering design works to help them use critical thinking and problem solving skills. Summer School Director Steve Huth told The Janesville Gazette that “the changes have proved so popular that attendance has increased, and he has heard of families that changed camping plans so their children wouldn't miss a day.”
“A new study that indicates low-income teenagers in Boston who hold summer jobs are less likely to engage in violence was hailed by the mayor and other community leaders as proof that youth employment programs can change people’s lives,” the Boston Globe reports. Community leaders who work with at-risk youth also stressed that year-round work for young people, as well as internships and afterschool programs, are essential as well.