LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
State Celebrates Success of Afterschool/Summer Program Expansion, Rutland Herald (Vermont)
At a Lights On Afterschool event held in Montpelier, Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced a new initiative to ensure every student in Vermont can access high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs. Students shared their views about the role afterschool programs play in their lives and gave Governor Scott and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders “After School Hero” capes in recognition of their success in increasing access to afterschool and summer learning programs. “We’re celebrating today because afterschool programs offer a better way to serve our youth. Decades of research demonstrate the benefits of afterschool and summer programs for youth of all ages,” Vermont Afterschool Executive Director Holly Morehouse told the Rutland Herald.
'Lights on Afterschool' Shows How Over 40,000 Students Need Activities After 3 p.m., Argus Leader (South Dakota)
At Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire and Kids Inc. sites across Sioux Falls, South Dakota, students and their families celebrated Lights On Afterschool with glow parties, carnivals, dance parties, basketball games, crafts, board games, and more. The waterfalls at Sioux Falls Park were lit to highlight the importance of afterschool and the need for more support for programs. “Today we recognize the importance of these programs and urge our communities to continue to support efforts to reach all children,” Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire CEO Rebecca Wimmer told the Argus Leader. “Learning doesn’t have to stop at 3 p.m.”
Lincoln Avenue Capital Supports Multi-City Educational Afterschool Program in Partnership with Baseball Hall of Fame and Morgan Stanley, WFMZ-TV
In a joint venture with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Morgan Stanley, Lincoln Avenue Capital properties is opening afterschool programs at its affordable housing properties in Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Rochester, NY; Arlington, TX; and Reno, NV. “The Museum’s award-winning education curriculum connects baseball with a large spectrum of subjects, engaging students and fostering lifelong learning,” Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch told WFMZ-TV. The programs incorporate baseball concepts into activities and lessons, such as “Baseball Coast to Coast” geography and “Be A Superior Example (BASE)” health science.
TEA Offering Funding for Afterschool Program to Help Students Make Up for COVID-19 Learning Loss, KXAN (Texas)
To help students recover from the pandemic, Texas state government established the Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports program (TCLAS) to support funding of school districts’ tutoring and afterschool programs. “Prior to COVID, in 2019, on average, we were at close to 50% proficiency in both reading and math across the state. After the COVID impact in 2021, we were at 43% in reading and only 35% in math,” Texas Education Agency Deputy Commissioner Kelvey Oeser told KXAN. Based on feedback from parents and school districts, Texas plans to offer more TCLAS grants to afterschool programs next semester.
When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York)
For six weeks this summer, more than 100...
Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts)
Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North...
After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho)
The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined...
YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California)
With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast...
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington)
An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/22
Season for Sharing Grant Used by MentorKids for Afterschool and Tutoring Programs, Arizona Republic (Arizona)
More than 300 students in Phoenix, Arizona benefit from afterschool and summer programming provided by MentorKids, supported in part by a grant from the Arizona Republic’s Season...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/22
ACE Clubs Offer Unique After-School Activities, Academic Support, Herald Bulletin (Indiana)
Each afternoon, students at ACE Clubs in Anderson, Indiana enjoy a variety of activities, including publishing their own books, leather crafting, cooking classes and painting. “We’re always...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/12/22
Woodstock Day School Media Arts Program Awarded Grant, HudsonValley360 (New York)
Thanks to a $49,500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, students in Ulster County, New York will have the opportunity to learn filmmaking at a new media arts afterschool program at Woodstock Day...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/05/22
Virginia Beach Before & After School Programs Saved After Surge of Applicants, WTKR (Virginia)
After the approval of a pay rate increase, the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department received hundreds of applicants seeking employment at its before and afterschool programs. The influx...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/22/21
With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri)
Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/15/21
Weekly Media Roundup, December 8, 2021
Cleveland County Family YMCA Addresses Learning Loss, The Star (North Carolina)
To help students catch up on reading skills amidst the pandemic, the Cleveland County Family YMCA in North Carolina is partnering with Learning Ovations, a community literacy...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/08/21
Lincoln County Afterschool Center Thrives From Community Support, Idaho Ed News (Idaho)
Throughout the summer, AmeriCorps volunteers, businesses and community members helped refurbish a former church in Lincoln County, Idaho into a thriving community center offering child care, meals,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/01/21
'We're All Family Here': Columbus Community Center Pilots Program to Connect with Students, The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
At a new afterschool program in Columbus, Ohio, seventh- and eighth-graders get academic support, work on goal-setting, play sports, connect with mentors and more....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/24/21
‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia)
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/17/21
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
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