Weekly Media Roundup, September 29, 2021


Weekly Media Roundup, September 29, 2021

Children of the Valley Program Expanding to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, (Washington)

At the onset of the pandemic, the Mount Vernon School District in Washington state reached out to Children of the Valley afterschool program to help provide in-person support to students facing the greatest challenges. The afterschool program doubled its program’s size and hours and became a valuable asset to the school district. “That temporary need last year grew into now a continued opportunity,” Flora Perez-Lucatero, founder of Children of the Valley, told This fall, Children of the Valley has opened several new afterschool programs in the Mount Vernon School District schools and is working with Burlington-Edison and Sedro-Woolley school districts to open programs in their schools as well.

Opinion: Invest in After-School programs, Lifelines to Virginia Families, The Virginian-Pilot (Virginia)

Afterschool programs across the state of Virginia help students explore career paths, succeed in school, learn workforce skills, and more. For example, Hampton City Schools’ 21st Century Community Learning Centers program has kept students engaged throughout the pandemic with free, live classes taught by local experts. But demand for afterschool programs far exceeds availability, and troubling gaps in access to afterschool persist. “With more of these partnerships and funding to support them, we can make progress to address the persistent race and income disparities that have been worsened by the pandemic,” Hampton City Schools Out-of-School Time Coordinator Dr. Daryle Rodgers and Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time Executive Director Blaire U. Denson wrote in a recent guest column for the Virginian Pilot.

Program Helps Kids Make a Slam Dunk in Class, On the Court, Spectrum News 1 (Kentucky)

Former teacher and high school basketball coach Wes Hinton founded the D.E.L.T.A. (Developing Educated Leaders Through Athletics) Foundation to give students in Louisville, Kentucky, a safe place to connect with mentors, get academic support and play basketball after the school bell rings. The foundation’s two afterschool programs, Hoops and Homework, and Books and Basketball, combine basketball practice with tutoring from certified teachers. “We use sports as a tool to get these kids in our facility, improve their grades, their attendance, and their behavior, teach them leadership, financial literacy, a lot of different things," Hinton told Spectrum News 1.

Florence School District 5 Hopes New Afterschool Program Will Combat COVID-19 Learning Slide, WBTW (South Carolina)

In Johnsonville, South Carolina, the demand for afterschool programming is great. Of the 500 students attending Johnsonville Elementary School, 200 applied to the school’s new afterschool program but the program only has 100 available slots. “For there to be that many applicants, we really see the need for an afterschool program,” Mirandi Squires, principal and afterschool program director at Johnsonville Elementary School, told WBTW. “I believe in my heart that this is going to be one of the best programs we’ve had in Florence School District 5 since I’ve been here.” The free program, funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, will provide physical, emotional and education support to students.

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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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 12, 2021

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...

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 5, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 22, 2021

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...

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/15/21

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      12/08/21

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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

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'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

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BY: Magen Eissenstat      11/17/21