LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to distribute more than 14,0000 meals over the course of 10 weeks. Donations from individuals and foundations also enabled the Club to open 15 socially distanced remote learning centers with laptops, high-speed Internet and additional staff support. “This might read like a love letter to our community. I am good with that,” Director Jerome Johnson wrote in a recent guest column for the Sandusky Register. “I cannot thank this community enough for all of you have done for our kids and families during the pandemic.”
Summer Adventures to Return, The Iola Register (Kansas)
For the first time in four years, the SAFE BASE afterschool program in Iola, Kansas will offer a four-week summer learning program for about 135 students, thanks to funding from Unified School District 257. The free program, which will include meals and transportation, will keep students in kindergarten through eighth grade learning during the summer and help them explore new interests through educational activities and field trips. Program Director Angela Henry, an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, said the summer program will give students opportunities for adventures they might not otherwise have. A survey of current SAFE BASE families found a large majority wanted the summer program to return, the Iola Register reports.
Pence Students Continue Learning After School, Southeast Iowa Union (Iowa)
In the 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program at Pence Elementary School in Fairfield, Iowa, students get academic support, do hands-on activities such as weaving paper baskets, designing marble roller coasters, and carving pumpkins, and take field trips to learn more about their community. During the pandemic, the program has adapted to offer virtual programming and at-home activity kits. With the advent of federal funding, the school is able to offer programming that involves STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and experiences they wouldn’t have at home, the Southeast Iowa Union reports.
Colorado Educators, Community Leaders Uniting for “Summer Recovery Coalition” to Address Learning Loss, KOAA-TV (Colorado)
In response to the academic setbacks from the pandemic, a diverse group of community leaders and educators in Colorado have joined together to form the Summer Recovery Coalition. The Coalition is advocating for government funding of summer enrichment programs that would be supported by school districts, education centers and afterschool programs. “Boys and Girls Clubs and afterschool agencies have been doing much of this work so coming together just makes sense… leveraging on all of the resources that we have in our communities to help lift our kids up and provide opportunities,” Becky Medina, vice president of operations at Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County, told KOAA-TVV.
How YMCA Judson is a Constant in the Lives of Former Mill Village Residents in Need, Greenville News (South Carolina)
Shortly after the pandemic hit, the YMCA Judson Community Center teamed up...
Moscow School District’s Adventure Club Returns with Adjustments Aimed at Keeping COVID-19 at Bay, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho)
This summer, students in Moscow, Idaho will benefit from...
American Rescue Plan Gives Out-of-school Time Programs Big Role in Pandemic Recovery, Youth Today
The American Rescue Plan includes historic funding for afterschool and summer learning programs,...
Helping Kids Cope with Changes Through Storytelling, KGUN 9 (Arizona)
At the Literacy Connects afterschool program in Tucson, Arizona, middle schoolers brainstorm ideas for skits, write their own...
Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge Boys & Girls Clubs Merge into Regional Chapter to Increase Reach, The Advocate (Louisiana)
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and the Boys &...
A Space of their Own: North Hampton Flips Vacant Store into Rec Center, Seacoast Online (New Hampshire)
In December, the North Hampton Parks and Recreation Department in New Hampshire officially...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
More Than Just an Afterschool Program: Española Nonprofit Plans for Expansion, KRQE (New Mexico)
Thanks to a $100,000 matching grant from the Thoma Art Foundation, Moving Arts Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
Girls Inc. Takes Creative Approach to Programming During COVID-19, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
At the in-person and virtual afterschool programs run by Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, about 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
Lack Of Afterschool Program Access In Indiana Could Impact Education, Economic Recovery, WBAA (Georgia)
A recent household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance, America After 3PM, found that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
Column: Hawaii Behind on Afterschool Programs, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
Although data from the household survey America After 3 PM showed Hawaii was a national leader in afterschool participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
L.A. School District Plans Star-Studded Summer Learning for Students — with James Cameron Teaching ‘Titanic’ and a Book Group with Alicia Keys and Others, The Washington Post
This summer, students in Los Angeles will learn to draw and animate from the studio behind...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/27/20
Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Program Makes House Calls, Augusta Free Press (Virginia)
On Monday, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA Afterschool Adventure Club in Augusta County, Virginia delivered care packages to students. They included handwritten notes, sidewalk chalk, and materials...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 05/06/20