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Weekly Media Roundup: June 24, 2020

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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 sharp by completing up to six week-long ‘adventures’ online. Students will choose from more than 120 adventures including researching old video games, creating podcasts, playing fun math games, learning about the Black Lives Matter movement, exploring the Australian outback, creating art about social issues, and others. As students complete adventures, they will earn points, and students with the most points will receive prizes. Teachers will be available to help during virtual office hours. “Our hope is that kids get excited about this and want to log-on and talk to the teacher and ask questions,” Staci Eddleman, director of federal and state programs for the district, told the Courier Journal.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Power Scholars Academy Goes Virtual, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania)

This summer, elementary school students in Chester County, Pennsylvania will benefit from robust summer learning programming from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW). The virtual “Power Scholars Academy” will include music classes, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities, virtual field trips, small group reading, writing and math instruction, and more. “The Power Scholars program is an incredible opportunity for youth in Chester County who need to build a stronger foundation in reading and math,” Marissa Caldwell, site director for YGBW’s Power Scholars Academy, told the Daily Local News. “Studies show 75 percent of youth who participate in this program across the nation maintain or gain reading and math skills through the course of the summer.”

ODU Holding Free Virtual STEM Camp for High School, College Students, WCYB-TV (Viriginia)

Teens in Norfolk, Virginia and across the world can explore Python coding, astrophysics, artificial intelligence, forensic entomology, and other STEM subjects this summer through the Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES) held by Old Dominion University.  The free virtual summer learning program is designed to help young people explore their interests in STEM while maintaining social distancing.  “Because of the pandemic, many high school and college students had to cancel their summer learning plans,” co-chair Raul Briceño told WCYB-TV. “The REYES program provides students with the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research and technology directly from some of the leading scientists and engineers in their fields.”

After School Online Programs Keeping Students Active in New York City, ABC 7 News (New York)

Since schools and afterschool programs closed due the coronavirus, the “Play Study Win” afterschool program in New York City has reached hundreds of middle schoolers with online programming. Each weekday, students have created podcasts about social issues, gained acting skills through Zoom rehearsals, continued basketball class online and more. “I think that connection with the staff and kids was absolutely the reason why our kids kept logging on consistently,” Program Supervisor Kieran Burns told ABC 7 News.

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