LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Hampton After-School Program Gets a STEM Boost from Flying Classroom, The Daily Press (Virginia)
Eleven afterschool programs in Hampton, Virginia funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative are helping students develop new skills and explore careers through virtual, hands-on programming during the pandemic. The programs have partnered with Flying Classroom to increase student’s exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students have completed hands-on projects connected to video lessons from Barrington Irving, the first Black pilot to fly a plane solo around the world. Students recently took a socially distanced field trip to an airport to meet Irving. “We still wanted to support the school day learning, but we don’t necessarily want it to look exactly like it,” Daryle Rogers, out-of-school time and extended learning coordinator for Hampton City Schools and an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, told the Daily Press.
Lights On Afterschool Parade Celebrates Full-Day Programs Amid Pandemic, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
Last Thursday, a parade of cars decorated with the logos of afterschool programs made its way around the Wisconsin State Capitol to celebrate Lights On Afterschool and raise awareness about how Wisconsin afterschool programs support students and families. Several programs came together for the event, which shined a light on the vast array of services afterschool programs are providing during the pandemic, including full-day programs for students whose schools are operating remotely. “We are glad to be able to celebrate,” Rebecca Carlin, executive director of the Wisconsin Youth Company, told the Wisconsin State Journal. “This year it seems particularly important to highlight what our staff are doing.”
'Their Smile Says It All': New Prairie Schools Resume After-School Clubs, ABC 57 (Indiana)
More than 350 New Prairie United School students in New Carlisle, Indiana are benefiting from comprehensive afterschool programs, which recently reopened in-person for the new school year. Activities include homework help, physical activities, a LEGO club, nutrition education, and more. The programs have been able to take extensive social distancing and sanitation precautions thanks to a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Laporte and funding from the CARES Act. “I think sometimes it’s an area of enrichment that gets overlooked and it’s such an important piece of their overall educational experience," Coordinator Erika Buhring told ABC 57. “We have a nice variety of all sorts of different programs.”
Project Success Celebrates Lights On Afterschool, The Commercial-News (Illinois)
Students completed a scavenger hunt, showcased their art projects, learned to cook nutritious food, participated in a group meditation, and more at Lights On Afterschool events held by Project Success of Vermilion County in Illinois last week. The outdoor, socially distanced events showcased the many ways Project Success supports students’ academic success and physical and emotional health. Project Success is currently offering both in-person and virtual programs. “It was fun for [the students] to do,” Site Coordinator Kelsie Coleman told the Commercial-News.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Survey: Afterschool Participation Drops to Lowest Rate Since 2009, As Providers Seek Funding for Students During Pandemic, The 74 Million
Data from America After 3PM, a household survey...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Afterschool Girls + STEAM Program Launches, Fosters (Delaware)
In Delaware, girls in the Seymour Osman Community Center afterschool program learn engineering concepts by working with UV reactive beads, building sun-resistant shelters, and more. The new “Girls + STEAM” (science,...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/21/18
Ten Significant Accomplishments of the African Community Learning Program in 2018, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun (Pennsylvania)
University of Pennsylvania senior Aminata Sy founded the African Community Learning Program in October 2017 to inspire academic achievement among 1st to 8th grade...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/09/19