LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Moscow School District’s Adventure Club Returns with Adjustments Aimed at Keeping COVID-19 at Bay, Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho)
This summer, students in Moscow, Idaho will benefit from a robust summer learning experience offered by the Adventure Club, the Moscow School District’s out-of-school time program. It will keep students engaged and help them prepare for the new school year with fun activities including environmental education, day hikes, free play, hands-on projects and field trips. Third grader Keyon Springs told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News that without the Adventure Club’s afterschool and summer program, “I know what I’d be doing — I’d be sitting in my mom’s work being bored to death. Literally. I love [the Adventure Club]. I’ve done it last summer, and I love that too because there are a lot of people and there are activities like rock climbing, ice skating and swimming.”
Kids’ Orchestra Developing Leaders Through Music With Your Help, WAFB 9 (Louisiana)
At the Kids’ Orchestra afterschool program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students get help with homework and learn to play orchestral instruments. The free program uses music to help students express themselves and teach them key life skills like responsibility, collaboration, perseverance and more. Amy Hoffman, whose daughter Paige has been inspired to pursue a career in music because of the program, told WAFP 9 she’s appreciated watching Paige “be self-motivated. I saw her self-confidence grow, and more importantly, or just as important as those things, I saw the work ethic.” Afterschool Ambassador Samuel Trevathan is education director at Kids Orchestra.
Afterschool Program Expanding to Eight Sites, The Rogersville Review (Tennessee)
The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA will soon open six new afterschool sites, with a goal of serving 230 students in Hawkins County, Tennessee. At the programs, students explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), get tutoring, take part in physical fitness activities and more. The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA plans to engage volunteers and local businesses to offer workshops to help students explore their interests. “While our main focus in the afterschool program is to increase the students’ literacy and math skills, we also working on building social and emotional skills,” Director of Youth Development Elizabeth Chappell told the Rogersville Review.
Opinion: 'Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio Has Transformed My Life', The Columbus Dispatch (OH)
In a recent guest column for the Columbus Dispatch, 16-year-old Brandon Everett shares how the afterschool program at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Ohio in Columbus has given him a consistent support system and the tools he needs to succeed as he copes with the changes and uncertainties of foster care. Everett says the emotional support he’s received from the program’s staff has inspired him to pursue a career in art therapy. “I felt that I belonged from the moment I stepped foot inside the club. It was a safe space for me to be myself,” Everett wrote. “I have been able to showcase many skills and strengths that were hidden within me before.”
Staying Active: McAllen Club Navigating COVID Fears, Funding Cuts, The Monitor (Texas)
With strong community support, the Boys and Girls Club of McAllen, Texas has been able to keep its...
'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...
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