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Weekly Media Roundup: July 24, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 24, 2019

Science Camp Offers Fun, Learning: Sallie B. Howard School Hosted Monthlong Program, Wake Weekly (North Carolina)

Eighty-five soon-to-be sixth graders attended Sipnayan Camp this year in Wilson, North Carolina. Over the course of the program, the students studied math and reading, performed science experiments such as dissecting cow eyeballs, played musical instruments, practiced cooking, learned about leadership from Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose, and more. A 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funded the tuition-free summer learning program, which provided meals, snacks, materials and transportation.  “It gives [students] a chance to have some diversity, to see that there is more to life than just math and reading, but also to help them develop their personalities and their interest in other things such as the arts,” music teacher Geremy Howell told the Wake Weekly. “It just helps them to be a well-rounded individual.”

‘I Want to Be Better’, Richmond Magazine (Virginia)

Students in Higher Achievement Richmond dedicate 475 out-of-school hours to the program each year, including after school and during a six-week Summer Academy. The tuition-free program includes tutoring, college visits, high school application assistance, dance, film, sports and field trips. Mentors help students develop a growth mindset that will serve them both in school and outside it. “When I first came here, I was horrible in math… math is now my favorite subject,” a 12-year-old named Romero told Richmond Magazine. “I just, like, stepped up… if you’re bored over the summer, you can come. ‘Cause when I get bored, I get in trouble.”

Adults and Children Growing Together, The Register-Herald (West Virginia)

At Coda Mountain Academy’s afterschool programs and summer camps, children have made edible playdough, crafted their own dulcimers (a type of string instrument), sung Broadway tunes and learned to yodel. The Academy offers meals, and staff members – who include college students and former coal miners – emphasize the social and emotional aspects of learning to express oneself through art. “I like that it introduces kids to different aspects of music, and it’s a really positive thing for them to have in their life,” college student Perri Kiser, who directs one of the camps, told the Register-Herald. “I think it’s wonderful for them to have this opportunity because it teaches them discipline and diligence, and with positive outcomes in this program, it shows them they can work toward any goal.”

Watertown 7th Graders' Experiment Heading into Space, North County Public Radio (New York)

Last Sunday, students in the Jefferson County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development afterschool program watched the launch of a SpaceX Falcon rocket that is carrying an experiment they designed to the International Space Station – and celebrated the culmination of a year’s work. In September, the Watertown, New York students came up with the focus of their experiment – removing metallic rust in space – and have been researching and designing it ever since. When the experiment returns to Earth in late August, they will study the results. “I learned a lot more about teamwork and effort and stuff, because it’s really hard to work as a team, but I think this team works together really well,” seventh-grader Skyye Mee-Thomas told North County Public Radio.

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

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Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

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