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Weekly Media Roundup: April 4, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 4, 2018

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 school’s afterschool programs. Alaska Afterschool Network director Thomas Azzarella and Joy afterschool program coordinator Marilyn Eggleston led the tour and introduced the First Lady to participating students, according to KTVF. During the visit, Azzarella explained to the First Lady that the constant federal budget battles surrounding education and 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding have taken its toll, some afterschool program staff had to be let go because of the funding instability.

Theater Program Transforms Students into Acrobats in Aldine ISD (KTRK, Texas)

Students are tumbling, dancing, singing, and more through an afterschool arts program at Aldine Independent School District. Students work with highly-trained teachers and professionals to learn acrobatics and explore their physical abilities. “It’s exciting to be able to work with these kids. They have all this talent inside them,” teacher Sarita Salinas told KTRK. “It gives them the opportunity to change who they would be or could be. It gives them another value system and a pride, an incentive to do better in school and get good grades.”

Organization Aims to Enrich the Lives of Local Hispanic Children (Auburn Plainsman, Alabama)

Two afternoons a week, the nonprofit Esperanza House works with Hispanic students on their homework and gives them a safe, nurturing place to spend the afterschool hours. Esperanza House provides youth development, education and mental health programs to Auburn’s Hispanic families by holding weekly dinners for families, donating school supplies and funding scholarships for youths to attend summer camp. “When the kids are healthy and happy, it’s benefiting all of us,” board member Carolyn Fichtner told the Auburn Plainsman. “The kids are happy – the community is happy.”

Mentors Teach Hard Work & Teamwork Lead to Success (CBS Miami, Florida)

Afterschool program Urgent Inc is helping teenagers find their voice through film, photography, visual arts, music, and radio broadcast journalism. The program teaches teens to transform their communities through effort and teamwork, according to CBS Miami. Staff, like Urgent Inc artistic manager Shedia Nelson, empower students to set goals and believe in themselves. “She guides me as if I’m a leader, in that I can accomplish anything in life and that I should never let barriers stop me,” 17-year-old Marcus Williams said of Nelson. The students’ most recent project was a filmed commercial for Urgent Inc, produced and directed by Williams.

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