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Weekly Media Roundup: April 20, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 20, 2022

SCDE Plans to Expand Summer and After-School Programs with $14.5 million, WISTV (South Carolina)

Thanks to $12 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding, the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) and South Carolina Department of Education will be able to expand summer and afterschool programs to students in disadvantaged communities throughout the state. “There is no doubt the pandemic has impacted student learning and their families, but assisting students who have been affected the most requires extensive support from local and state partnerships,” SCAA President Zelda Waymer told WISTV. The partnership plans to assist 45 organizations and 4,000 students within the first year.

Meet Your Neighbor: Anstead to lead NASA Program at Camp Fire, Port Clinton News Herald (Ohio)

This spring, fifth through eighth grade students in the Camp Fire afterschool program in Fremont, Ohio will learn the science behind cryogenic propellants as part of a NASA design challenge. Using a simulated cryogenic propellant tank, students will design and test various systems and insulators, and will meet with NASA scientists and engineers via Zoom. High school senior Rachel Anstead will lead the program. “They’ll create a video at each of the programs, and NASA will put those on their YouTube channel,” Camp Fire Executive Director Tory Thompson told the Port Clinton News Herald. “How cool for the kids that they get to be highlighted by NASA.” The challenge will also be offered as part of Camp Fire’s summer learning program, alongside art- and animal-themed activities.

Ohio’s PBS Stations Get $5M to Address Learning Loss this Summer, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)

PBS’s Public Media Connect programs in Cincinnati and Dayton were awarded $5 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help support afterschool and summer programs in Ohio through hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, virtual science museum tours and local PBS community events. “Ohio’s PBS stations have been wonderful partners in prioritizing additional education opportunities to support Ohio’s students since the beginning of the pandemic,” Ohio Department of Education Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens told the Springfield News-Sun. “The Ohio Learns 360 initiative will give families an additional pathway to support student learning beyond the school day.”

Tupelo Bilingual After-School Program El Centro Celebrates Growth, Daily Journal (Mississippi)

At the El Centro afterschool program in Tupelo, Mississippi, students get homework help, work with tutors on reading and math, and participate in a chess club, ACT prep classes, and college and career exploration activities.  Last week, AT&T presented the program with 15 Dell computers, a $50,000 grant, and three years of internet access. “It opens up a lot more possibilities for us, and for us to be able to tell the community: Whatever you have a need for, we can provide it,” El Centro Director Allen Bradford told the Daily Journal

Weekly Media Roundup, July 20, 2022

After-School Programs Are Part of Addressing Pandemic-Related Issues, But Funding is a Challenge, Hawai’i Public Radio (Hawai’i) Research shows classroom disruptions and student behavior problems have increased during the pandemic. Afterschool leaders in Hawai’i say...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/20/22

Weekly Media Roundup: July 13, 2022

Camp Promotes Essential Bond Between Sports and Mental Health, The Bradford Sun (Pennsylvania) This summer, mental health professionals are joining the 21st Century Sports Camp in Bradford, Pennsylvania to talk to students about coping with their emotions, self-care, and other social-emotional...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      07/13/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 29, 2022

Young Readers Recognized for Their Achievements at Vicksburg City Hall, Vicksburg Post (Mississippi) To celebrate a successful first year, students from the Post-COVID Educational Enhancement Program in Vicksburg, Mississippi took a trolley ride to city hall to meet with Vicksburg Mayor George...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/29/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 22, 2022

When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York) For six weeks this summer, more than 100 students in Horizons NYC’s summer learning program will learn to swim and kayak, participate in a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/22/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 15, 2022

Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts) Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts recently awarded $398,800 in grants to 18 local Massachusetts agencies for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/15/22

Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho) The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined together to celebrate last month’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/08/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 25, 2022

YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California) With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA has transformed its Find My Genius summer enrichment program into an afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/01/22

Weekly Media Roundup, May 25, 2022

Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska) At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students take part in fun, educational activities ranging from robotics to sewing. Students also grow their own...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/25/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 18, 2022

Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Champaign Family YMCA and Graham Local School District...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/18/22

Weekly Media Roundup: May 11, 2022

Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida) At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida, children of migrant workers enjoy participating in yoga classes, painting murals with local artists and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/11/22