LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
After-School Program at Local Charter School a Popular Activity for Students, East Idaho News (Idaho)
Each day after school at White Pine Charter School in Ammon, Idaho, more than 200 students gain new skills and explore a wide range of interests, including robotics, Spanish language, art, creative writing, math, and more. Students also stay physically healthy through sports and fitness activities. The afterschool program is currently planning for summer learning activities as well. Program Director Alysa Trust told East Idaho News that “running the afterschool program is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve accomplished as an educator. It’s been so exciting to see these students light up when they are able to dive into their own, specific interests.”
Eastman Foundation Awards $25,000 to Boys & Girls Club, Kingsport Times News (Tennessee)
Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Eastman Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, Tennessee will be able to offer its Code in Class summer enrichment program. “COVID-19 caused a rapid shift to remote learning last year and impacted nearly every aspect of educational and afterschool programming,” Willie McLain, Eastman Foundation president, told Kingsport Times News. “Many families depend on afterschool programs to provide a safe place for their students to attend, and many students depend on these programs as a source for friendship, tutoring, mentoring and much more.” With the additional funding, students will not only learn computer coding but also how to build an actual computer.
Use Federal Relief to Expand Summer Learning and After-School Programs, Yakima Herald (Washington)
Northwest Community Action Center Program Coordinator Beth Monfils, an Afterschool Ambassador for the Afterschool Alliance, discusses the many ways afterschool programs help students cope with stress and uncertainty, succeed in school, and pursue their goals in a column in the Yakima Herald. Although parent satisfaction with and public support for afterschool programs is high, there is not enough funding to meet the demand, and 650,000 children in Washington State are still waiting for a spot in a program. Monfils argues that increasing funding for afterschool is crucial to helping students recover from the pandemic. “Now, through the American Rescue Plan, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do that,” she wrote. “Using these funds to support and expand afterschool and summer learning programs is essential for recovery.”
'Just the start': Strong Foundation Reopens William 'Kid' Franklin Club in West Montgomery, Montgomery Advertiser (Alabama)
With financial backing and support from the Strong Tower Church, the William ‘Kid” Franklin Boys and Girls Club in Montgomery, Alabama has opened its doors once again to provide afterschool programs, summer camps, athletics and job training. The building, abandoned since 2007, was in dire need of repairs. The church invested $1 million over four years to restore the club to its former glory. “This community center will help people from all walks of life and I am so very proud to have this in the capital city,” Governor Kay Ivey told the Montgomery Advertiser.
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal...
Girls Inc. Kicks Off its After School Program for Girls, Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)
The Girls Inc. program in Owensboro, Kentucky resumed its After School Academy last week, during which...
'We're fortunate': Clyde Erwin Elementary Lands Funding for Arts, Educational Support, Jacksonville Daily News (North Carolina)
Thanks to a $400,000 21st Century Community Learning...
A Summer of Catch-Up: How Delaware Students are Making up for Time Lost to COVID-19 (Technical.ly)
School districts across Delaware used funds included in the American Rescue Plan to bolster their...
New Program Aims to Get Native American Students Engaged in STEM Education, KOCO 5 (Oklahoma)
Thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, three afterschool programs serving Native...
NYC Schools Are Getting 200 New Murals. At this Bronx Campus, Painting Provides Connections After COVID’s Isolation., Chalkbeat
Thanks to grants from New York City’s Artist Corps,...
Community Stepped Up When the Going Got Tough, Sandusky Register (Ohio)
When the pandemic hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Ohio immediately got to work to ensure students’ academic, physical and emotional needs were met. The Club partnered with Sandusky City Schools to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/24/21
Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Unified School District Present Encore of BRAVO! Program, Noozhawk (California)
Through an ongoing collaboration with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) has continued to provide a free afterschool program to...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/17/21
A New Mural Was Created By Children And Artist At Reddick Elementary School In Wimauma, Osprey Observer (Florida)
Students from migrant families in the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida spent four weeks creating a mural promoting kindness at a nearby...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/10/21
Thousands of Dallas Children Are in Need of After-School Care, Survey Finds, The Dallas Morning News (Texas)
The America After 3PM survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance found that more than 101,000 children in Dallas, Texas aren’t in afterschool programs, but would be if a...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 02/03/21
MSCR Cares Program at Henderson Elementary Supports Students Indoors and Out, Wisconsin State Journal (Wisconsin)
At Madison School and Community Recreation Cares sites in Madison, Wisconsin, about 650 elementary students spend their mornings doing remote learning with the support of trained...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/21
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 Española will soon open a teen center where middle and high school students can access career...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/19/21
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
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 200 girls explore engineering, science, and agriculture, reflect on song lyrics, journal, learn about...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/06/21
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 that more than 400,000 children in Indiana cannot access the afterschool programs they need....
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/23/20
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 participation in 2009, the 2020 America After 3 PM report shows unmet demand for afterschool has...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/16/20
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