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Weekly Media Roundup: July 15, 2020

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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 virtual programming, including a book club hosted on Snapchat. This week, the free program in Framingham, Massachusetts reopened with extensive safety protocols including masks, symptom checks, reduced capacity and extra sanitation. The program aims to provide a safe way for students to connect with mentors, get academic support and participate in fun, enriching activities such as art projects. “I get help with my homework and the people around me are super-duper fun,” Crisaly Cupi, an eleven-year-old student, told Metrowest Daily.

Charlotte Organizations Aiming to Help Kids Stay Engaged Until They Head Back to School, WCNC-TV (North Carolina)

Lowe’s, the Collins Aerospace Center, and Digi-Tech are partnering with Freedom School Partners and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district to help students in Charlotte, North Carolina sharpen their science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) skills this summer. The organizations will distribute shoeboxes filled with materials for hands-on activities such as engineering projects, chemistry experiments, seed germination, and more with instructions in English and Spanish. The goal is “to pique their interest in some of these different topics that we're exploring and for them to say ‘oh, this is cool, I want to learn more about this,’" Sherry Sample with Digi-Bridge told WCNC-TV.

Engineering for Kids of King County" Teaches STEM Skills, KOMO-TV (Washington)

For seven years, Engineering for Kids of King County in Washington has helped students ages four to 14 explore careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through afterschool and summer learning programs. During the coronavirus pandemic, the program has continued its mission through online classes, both real-time and prerecorded. Classes focus on coding, game design, engineering and more. “Minecraft engineering is very popular and that's a program where the students actually learn engineering concepts while they're playing Minecraft, so they learn about kinetic energy, potential energy and various engineering concepts like the engineering design process,” Noah Cordova of Engineering for Kids told KOMO-TV.

Thrive Lonsdale Offering In-Person and Virtual After School Programs this Year, WBIR-TV (Tennessee)

This fall, students in kindergarten through 12th grade will have multiple ways to access comprehensive, enriching afterschool programing from Thrive, a nonprofit organization in Knoxville, Tennessee. Thrive plans to offer an in-person program with safety protocols such as social distancing, temperature checks and masks. The program will help students with homework and offer dinner and the chance to participate in fun electives. Students can also join a virtual version of the program. “We have added a team, a virtual team and they meet with [students] outside of their home and visit them and drop off food and supplies,” Executive Director Clayton Wood told WBIR-TV. “They will be paired similarly in the fall in the virtual program.”

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