Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023


Weekly Media Roundup: February 1, 2023

After-School Program Returns to Fair Bluff, Signaling Hope for Flood-Battered Town, Border Belt Independent (North Carolina)

Due to repeated floods, including those from Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence, the town of Fair Bluff, North Carolina has lost about a quarter of its population over the past 10 years. But the re-opening of Building Bridges After School is a significant step forward in the town’s revitalization. The program reopened last September thanks to hundreds of volunteers from across the state who helped repair its building, as well as funding from the Columbus County DREAM Center. Building Bridges offers academic support, snacks, computer skills training, and fun activities for elementary and middle schoolers. “It’s important to let those children know that there’s somebody there for them in their community,” Amber Bellamy, director of the DREAM Center, told the Border Belt Independent. “You don’t want to leave Fair Bluff out.”

Framingham Brewery Releases Beer to Support After-School Program, Worcester Business Journal (Massachusetts)

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing, a local brewing company in Framingham, Massachusetts, created a new craft beer called the ‘Educator’ and will donate a portion of the proceeds to Hoops & Homework afterschool and summer program. “Exhibit ‘A’ continues to support our mission and help us raise the funds we need to expand our programs, and increase our enrollment,” Hoops & Homework Founder Herb Chasan said. “We are grateful to be part of a community of businesses who make a commitment to helping students and educators in our neighborhood.”  Hoops & Homework provides afterschool and summer programs to families living in low-income rental housing in Framingham.

The Prexie Center: After-School Program Offers Welcoming Spot for Kids, Observer-Reporter (Pennsylvania)

Created by a school board member and a pastor, the Prexie Center afterschool program in Washington, Pennsylvania provides a wide range of enrichment activities as well as basics such as a food pantry, personal hygiene items, laundry machines, and showers. As many as 70 teens get homework help, connect with mentors, and take part in self-defense courses, painting, crocheting, chess, cooking, strength training and more. “These kids get community outside of the normal school day. They get to be around each other, and we get to be in here and be around them, mentor, show them some love,” Pastor Lem Woodson told the Observer-Reporter. “I wouldn’t call it a refuge, but that’s exactly what it is. It’s a refuge and a nice place for fellowship, and that’s great.”

Family Literacy Sees Early Success at LHS, Civic Nebraska (Nebraska)

The Lincoln High Community Learning Center in Nebraska offers a family-oriented afterschool program for English-language learners. English as a second language students, along with their parents, participate in a 2-hour literacy class three days a week in the afternoons throughout the school year. “Every person is different,” Matt Kohrell, a program instructor at Lincoln High, told Civic Nebraska. “There are a lot of different aspects (about the class) for prospering in America. They can go on and become U.S. citizens or find a good job.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23