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Weekly Media Roundup: July 14, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: July 14, 2021

Expanded Summer School Programs Will Focus on Emotional, Academic Gaps Caused by COVID, NorthJersey.com (New Jersey)

Students in Northern New Jersey will spend the summer boosting their academic skills through project-based and game-based learning while exploring fun activities and topics such as yoga, theater, detective stories, horticulture and more. Local school districts are using federal funds to redesign their summer programming to support students social and emotional needs and reengage students after a year of remote learning. “We recognize that there is learning loss,  but we feel that summer is not the time to make the students feel inadequate. The pandemic forced us to rethink what we offer in the summer and bring them back to school with a really positive spin,” Anna Sciacca, superintendent of Garfield Public Schools, told NorthJersey.com.

Traverse City Native Alex Goldsmith Is Changing Lives, Traverse City Ticker (Michigan)

Despite the challenges of launching a new center during a pandemic, the New City Kids afterschool program in Traverse City, Michigan has provided in-person programs to children and created job opportunities for teenagers. Elementary and middle school students participate in a variety of classes, including music and tutoring, that are taught by high schoolers. “We hire local teenagers from local high schools, we train them, and then they’re the leaders in our afterschool center,” Executive Director Alex Goldsmith told the Traverse City Ticker. “It’s these teens that are teaching, mentoring, and tutoring the younger students.” The high schoolers also have the opportunity to participate in college preparation as well as leadership and finance classes.

Andy Roddick Foundation expands virtual offerings for afterschool learning with new kits, Austin American-Statesman (Texas)

For the past 20 years, the Andy Roddick Foundation has supported afterschool and summer programs in Austin elementary schools. Like many other programs, they had to swing from in-person to online assistance very quickly. As a result, they created Whatchamafeelit Kits, social emotional toolboxes that have a variety of activities to engage and encourage students. The kits gave students outside of Austin the chance to participate in the foundation’s program. The former tennis star notes the staff is looking forward to seeing the students in-person this fall. "Their fuel is the hugs and smiles they get from our kids. I know those are desperately needed,” Roddick told the Austin American-Stateman.

Drones, Yoga, and Math: Summer School Looks Different This Year for Michigan Students, Chalkbeat

 Across the state of Michigan, districts are using federal stimulus funds to expand their summer offerings. In Detroit, students will develop their creative writing skills and do hands-on science experiments. In West Bloomfield, high schoolers will try meditation. Many districts are partnering with afterschool programs to expand their programming. “Community-based after-school/summer learning programs can help schools reach more students and provide the necessary staff, academic, and social emotional support, and connect with students and families that might be disengaged from school. There’s no need to recreate the wheel. These programs have demonstrated impact and are critical to the recovery of Michigan’s students,” Erin Skene-Pratt, interim network lead for the Michigan Afterschool Partnership, told Chalkbeat

Weekly Media Roundup: February 24, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 17, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 10, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 3, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 27, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 13, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 23, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 16, 2020

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