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Weekly Media Roundup, August 5, 2020

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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 summer camp. Studying the histories of various cultures has been a focus of the camp this summer.  ASAS has also provided more than 100,000 grocery store gift cards to families whose finances have been impacted by the pandemic. “I’m all for it,” Erica Green, whose 14-year-old daughter attends the program in South Florida, told WSFL-TV. “Because for me if I’m at work I don’t want her to be home and trying to figure out what to do… So I know that they have [her] doing something constructive, which is also very entertaining for [her].”

Sidestepping the Summer Slide: SHARP Literacy Seeks to Keep Kids Engaged During Pandemic Pause, CBS 58 (Wisconsin)

At the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, elementary students have spent the summer growing banana peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini, learning about the science of agriculture, cooking nutritional food, working on art projects, and more. The SHARP Literacy, Inc. in-person summer learning program has taken extra precautions during the pandemic, including masks and social distancing.  SHARP serves more than 8,500 students in 40 schools with afterschool and summer programs. “The longer these kids are out of school, call it an opportunity gap, that opportunity gap is just going to continue to expand,” President and CEO Lynda Kohler told CBS 58. She said it’s rewarding “just seeing these kids, seeing them learn. Seeing them experience new things. Making them feel special.”

Project Transformation Provides Meals, Literacy Resources for Thousands of North Texas Students, NBC 5 (Texas)

Since the pandemic hit, Project Transformation has provided meals and virtual literacy programming to more than 1,500 students in North Texas. The afterschool and summer program focuses on supporting children in need with mentorship, social-emotional learning, and more. “Our families said they needed food. So we partnered with North Texas Food Bank and Full Filled Project. We have been doing daily food distribution in a drive-through model in the parking lots. Also providing summer camp bags through Toy Maven,” Executive Director Lauren Richard told NBC 5.

The Making Foundation Plans to Launch a New School Program Once One-of-a-Kind Summer Camps Come to an End, WXFR-TV (Virginia)

The Making Foundation offers afterschool and summer programs for students ages 6 to 14 in Roanoke, Virginia focused on developing students’ creativity through hands-on “making” projects. For example, at the summer learning program students recently created 3-dimensional objects out of a sheet of plywood using the wide array of building tools in the program’s workshop. At the afterschool program this year, students will also work with tutors on virtual learning. “It’s exciting to see kids get impassioned, especially when they’re told at other places that they may or may not be good or bad at something. We focus on what kids are good at here. We appreciate it when kids think outside of the box,” Operations and Development Manager Mary Bruce Clemons told WFXR-TV

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