LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Bay Area Sees Post-COVID Summer School Enrollment Boom After Year of Distance Learning, Mercury News (California)
School districts across California are increasing the capacity of their summer learning programs to meet the high demand for engaging, in-person opportunities. Nearly 4,000 students in the San Ramon Unified School District and approximately 6,500 students in the Oakland School District are attending summer programs. “We know that we’re not catching them up from a year and a half of distance learning,” Nusheen Saadat, a teacher at the Golden View Elementary School, told the Mercury News. “We know that. What we want is, ‘Hey, do you feel stronger? Did you show an improvement? Do you feel like you’re making progress?’” Even with increased capacity, some families struggle to find available space and are placed on long waiting lists.
STEM Camp Coming to Ranchester in July, Sheridan Press (Wyoming)
Thanks to a grant through the Million Girl Moonshot program, the Tongue River Valley Community Center in Ranchester, Wyoming is offering two science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camps to students in third through eighth grade this July. “I’m so excited for this camp. I love to watch the kids create and learn, especially when they don’t realize they are learning (through) project-based learning,” Ranchester Center Supervisor and Afterschool Program Coordinator Tanya McCoy told the Sheridan Press. Activities include building flashlights, e-textile projects and 3-D designs.
Families Call on Lawmakers to Prioritize After-School, Summer Programs, Downtown Los Angeles (California)
At a recent town hall in Los Angeles hosted by Innovate Public Schools, a nonprofit, nearly 50 parents called on California state elected officials to dedicate more than $1 billion in relief funds from the American Rescue Plan to afterschool and summer programs. Access to out-of-school time programming is crucial, parents said, to meet students’ academic and social and emotional needs as they recover from the pandemic. Parents also demanded that lawmakers ensure the funding reaches low-income, Black and Latino communities. “Having to figure out how to pay for these programs as we’re coming out of a pandemic and with the high cost of living in California is a lot on our plate,” Dionicia Barrera, a mother of three, told Downtown Los Angeles. “I want the governor and legislators to think about our children as if they were their own. This isn’t just about getting our kids to school and it’ll be OK; it’s about getting them to school and having them be well.”
Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn Visits Summer Learning Camps, The Daily Times (Tennessee)
Over the course of three weeks, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn is visiting summer learning programs in 50 districts across the state. Last Wednesday, Schwinn visited three programs in Blount County, where she solved math problems with kindergartners, watched elementary schoolers chart wind speeds, saw teams of middle schoolers battle robots they had designed and built, and more. “What you’re seeing in a lot of programs across the state are super-small class sizes, really focused instruction — a lot of joy — and four weeks of additional time that students would not otherwise be in school,” Schwinn told the Daily Times
Gwinnett Celebrating Importance of Afterschool Programs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Georgia)
On October 28, Gwinnett County, Georgia, will celebrate Lights...
Non-profit Looks to Bring Hope to Chadbourn Youth, WWAY-TV (North Carolina)
A new afterschool program in Chadbourn, North Carolina will focus on mentorship, athletics, academics, and character...
Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, GoSkagit.com (Washington)
At the onset of the pandemic, the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state reached out to...
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
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