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Weekly Media Roundup: May 9th, 2018

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 9th, 2018

Forestview After-School STEM Clubs Highlight Need, Booming Popularity (Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, Minnesota)

The afterschool programs at Forestview Middle School are overwhelmingly geared toward STEM. Many students are currently participating in the robotics club; others are learning to program drones, work with a laser-engraving machine or operate high-altitude balloons. As multimedia teacher Jim Reed explained to Echo Journal, "What we've basically done is we've tapped into kids that didn't have anything to do after school. Instead of having kids go home and play video games, why don't we have them build video games?"

Middle Schoolers Race Solar Powered Cars in Downtown Grand Junction (KJCT, Colorado)

In Grand Junction, Colorado, students in the MESA (math, engineering and science achievement) program spend their afterschool time learning how to both build cars and be more sustainable. Students recently showed off their solar-powered cars this weekend in a race downtown. “MESA inspired innovation and creativity, there are all sorts of ways to use that in future careers and lives," Anne Wenzel, Executive Director for Western Colorado Community Foundation, told KJCT.

An Orchestra Adopts a City, One Kid at Time (New York Times)

OrchKids, the brainchild of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director Marin Alsop, started ten years ago with just 30 children as an afterschool program where students learned to play classical music. Now one of Baltimore’s most successful afterschool programs, Orchkids boasts over 1,000 student participants, tens of success stories and past performances at venues around the world, most notably for Michelle Obama at the White House. “Every time they step out, they’re a positive image of our city,” Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh told the New York Times. She added that she would like to see OrchKids expand. “Baltimore is about possibility. Baltimore is about future.”

Kids Stock Fish as Part of New Milford Arts and Nature Program (New Milford Spectrum, Connecticut)

Nature was front and center on the curriculum for a dozen children in the After School Arts Program of Washington, Connecticut this year. On a trip to New Milford, the children had the chance to stock the local river with brook trout from a local hatchery and learn about conservation efforts in the area. The Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust put on activities for the students to teach them about local animal species, make “wildflower seed bombs,” and explore the local ecosystem. “We really encourage kids to unplug and get out. Even most of our art programs are outside,” program manager Ali Psomas told the New Milford Spectrum.

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