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Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

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Weekly Media Roundup: August 30, 2023

Oldest Home in Spartanburg Gets $200K for Transformation in an After-School Program, WSPA (South Carolina)

Built in the late 1700s, the Seay House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is undergoing a major renovation this fall and will reopen as the Brown Girls Read afterschool program early next year. The program provides reading, English and math support to local girls and was looking for the ideal location to house its program. “[We were] wanting to be in a neighborhood where there was access to those people that have issues with transportation and parents that may work long hours,” Brown Girls Read founder Nicke Haney told WSPA. “To be able to provide an education in a historical building that had been run in its later years, by two sisters, by two females, I think is very impactful.”

Lahaina After-School Program Offers a Path to Healing Through Surfing, NBC Nightly News (Hawaii)

Tamara Conniff founded Mana Mentors, a nonprofit afterschool program in Lahaina, Maui, to support students’ wellbeing through surfing, skating and mentorship. After wildfires devastated Maui this summer, she knew the program had an important role to play in helping students and their families heal.  Recently, Mana Mentors organized a family surf day to bring West Maui families together for the first time since the fires. “They don’t know where they’re going to live. They don’t know when their kids’ school is going to be ready. There’s so many unknowns right now. We want to give some certainty in a time when there is no certainty,” Conniff told NBC Nightly News.

Fairfield Receives Grant to Continue After-School Program, Southeast Iowa Union (Iowa)

Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the Fairfield, Iowa school district is expanding its before- and afterschool programs to include an additional elementary school. The programs offer hands-on educational activities, group activities and field trips. “It’s not just free play. The kids think they’re just playing, but they’re also learning,” Katie Boatright, Fairfield’s director of after-school programming, told the Southeast Iowa Union. “It’s kind of like sneaking vegetables into their meals.” The programs also provide local high school students with paid job opportunities and/or community service hours.

Afterschool Expo Allows Parents to Examine Program Benefits, Lufkin Daily News (Texas)

At the Lufkin, Texas Independent School District’s Afterschool Expo last week, parents learned about the 21st Century Texas Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) programs at ten schools. Children and their families explored offerings including strings, age-appropriate books, crafts, tutoring and more, as well as a volunteer-led Parent Café where parents will meet to share concerns. “We want to ensure parents have somewhere safe where they can just talk about their experiences without being judged,” parent volunteer Samantha Lawson told the Lufkin Daily News.

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina) In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24