LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
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. Students are participating in project-based learning using materials included in instructional kits from the school. “It is a partnership now. The coronavirus has given us an opportunity to really build a community around the families and the children and the resources that we are providing,” ACPS Summer Learning Coordinator Dr. Alicia Kingcade told Local DVM.
Virtual Programs in Flint Help Fight Summer Learning Loss, Flint Side (Michigan)
Students in Flint, Michigan, are engaging in a wide variety of virtual learning opportunities this summer. For example, the Flint Repertory Theatre is helping students in middle and high school develop their voices through online theater classes. The Flint and Genesee Literacy Network is also hosting online activities including journaling, virtual story time with local authors, digital literacy activities and more. “Schools can’t do it alone,” author Danielle Green told Flint Side. “The Literacy Network’s programs aren’t just about math, science, and English. They add a component of fun.”
The Club of Dayton Looks Toward the Next School Year, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Washington)
The Club of Dayton in Walla Walla, Washington, hosts a robust, daily afterschool program focused on social and emotional learning for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The program is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but program staff are planning to open in the fall with extensive cautionary measures including masks and social distancing. The Club hopes the program will be a place of respite and enrichment for children after a turbulent spring and summer. “Many of the kids here have experienced a lot of trauma, so their version of normal is very different. To accommodate that, flexibility is key. We treat them as individuals, we mentor them and offer them a positive experience with an adult,” Director of Program Operations Jim Pearson told the Walla Walla Union Bulletin.
Missoula YMCA Offers Summer Camp to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss, NBC Montana (Montana)
Students in first through fifth grades in Missoula, Montana, are spending the summer journaling, working on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects, reading literature, making crafts and more at the Missoula YMCA’s Camp Imagination. The summer learning program is operating with limited capacity, extra sanitation, masks and more during the pandemic. “We're focusing on reducing that summer learning loss,” Associate Director of School Age Programs Tyler Taylor told NBC Montana, as well as exposing students “to new things and ideas that they necessarily wouldn’t be able to have a chance to do in other camps.”
Esther Elonga: Afterschool Programs Even More Important During a Pandemic, New Hampshire Union Leader (New Hampshire)
When Esther Elonga came to the United States as a refugee at the age of 16,...
Boys & Girls Club of St. Marys Still Offering After-School Programs, Courier Express (Pennsylvania)
At the Boys and Girls Club of St. Marys afterschool program in St. Marys, Pennsylvania,...
YMCA Expands its Mission During COVID-19 Pandemic, The Times News (Tennessee)
When schools and afterschool programs closed due to the pandemic in March, the Greater Kingsport Family YMCA in...
Answering the Call for Remote Learning Needs, Herald News (Indiana)
Three afterschool programs in Fall River, Indiana are ensuring students have a safe place to learn and explore their interests...
A Different Look: Noblesville Boys & Girls Club Forges Ahead with Smaller Numbers, Current (Indiana)
At the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville in Noblesville, Indiana, students get help with...
Lending a Helping Hand in Remote Instruction for Sumter Students, The Sumter Item (South Carolina)
This summer, staff at the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter, South Carolina heard from...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19