LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
New Website Helps Parents Find Summer Learning Opportunities for Children, Maui Now (Hawaii)
To assist parents with their search for available summer learning programs, the Hawai’i Afterschool Alliance launched its Summer 2021 website, an interactive map with listings of opportunities and enrollment information. “After this past year, we have so much ground we need to make up – academically, socially, emotionally, physically and more,” Paula Adams, the executive director of the Hawai’i Afterschool Alliance and an Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador, told Maui Now. “Summer learning programs are an ideal solution, creating fun educational and enrichment activities with plenty of time to engage with friends and adults.”
Wanted in Dallas ISD: 1,800 tutors to help students catch up after COVID-19 disruptions, Dallas Morning News (Texas)
This fall, the Dallas Independent School District plans to offer free afterschool programs at 61 of its schools. Each school will have the flexibility to plan programs that meet students’ needs and interests, including tutoring hubs, athletics and art. “It’s going to help us significantly with learning loss and that’s really our biggest objective,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa told the Dallas Morning News. The district also plans to hire additional tutors to work with students during the school day.
Why Summer Learning Programs Are Pushing More Fun Than Academics, EdSurge
Across the country, school districts and nonprofit partners are designing exciting, engaging summer learning programs to boost students’ confidence, help them explore new interests, and support them academically and emotionally as they recover from the pandemic. In San Diego, students may learn songwriting or design a geocache scavenger hunt for the zoo. In Pittsburgh, they may create podcasts or try robotics. “If we can help our students get back to feeling good about themselves, feeling good about school, good about learning, that will probably be the most important support that we can create for them in order to accelerate their academics,” Richard Barrera, president of the San Diego Unified school board, told EdSurge. “We're not just creating this program because we had a pandemic. Students should have had these programs for the last 40 years and they should have them going forward for the next 40.”
Wren Center Staff, B&GC of Central Carolina Make big changes, Sacrifices During Pandemic, Chatham News Record (North Carolina)
With just three staff members, the Boys & Girls Club Wren Family Center in Siler City, North Carolina has overcome numerous challenges to continue meeting students’ holistic needs throughout the pandemic. First, the afterschool program pivoted to virtual programming, and then it transformed into a safe, enriching space where students could do remote learning. Staff served free meals, helped students with schoolwork, kept them engaged with fun activities such as tie-dying, sewing, and smoothie making, and supported them emotionally as they coped with the stresses of the pandemic, police brutality and more. “When I was home all day, I felt like I was in a cage,” a fifth grader named Jaysa told the Chatham News Record. “But when I came here, even with my mask on, I felt like I was free to just be me."
'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