LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
SCDE Plans to Expand Summer and After-School Programs with $14.5 million, WISTV (South Carolina)
Thanks to $12 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding, the South Carolina Afterschool Alliance (SCAA) and South Carolina Department of Education will be able to expand summer and afterschool programs to students in disadvantaged communities throughout the state. “There is no doubt the pandemic has impacted student learning and their families, but assisting students who have been affected the most requires extensive support from local and state partnerships,” SCAA President Zelda Waymer told WISTV. The partnership plans to assist 45 organizations and 4,000 students within the first year.
Meet Your Neighbor: Anstead to lead NASA Program at Camp Fire, Port Clinton News Herald (Ohio)
This spring, fifth through eighth grade students in the Camp Fire afterschool program in Fremont, Ohio will learn the science behind cryogenic propellants as part of a NASA design challenge. Using a simulated cryogenic propellant tank, students will design and test various systems and insulators, and will meet with NASA scientists and engineers via Zoom. High school senior Rachel Anstead will lead the program. “They’ll create a video at each of the programs, and NASA will put those on their YouTube channel,” Camp Fire Executive Director Tory Thompson told the Port Clinton News Herald. “How cool for the kids that they get to be highlighted by NASA.” The challenge will also be offered as part of Camp Fire’s summer learning program, alongside art- and animal-themed activities.
Ohio’s PBS Stations Get $5M to Address Learning Loss this Summer, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
PBS’s Public Media Connect programs in Cincinnati and Dayton were awarded $5 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help support afterschool and summer programs in Ohio through hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, virtual science museum tours and local PBS community events. “Ohio’s PBS stations have been wonderful partners in prioritizing additional education opportunities to support Ohio’s students since the beginning of the pandemic,” Ohio Department of Education Interim Superintendent of Public Instruction Stephanie Siddens told the Springfield News-Sun. “The Ohio Learns 360 initiative will give families an additional pathway to support student learning beyond the school day.”
Tupelo Bilingual After-School Program El Centro Celebrates Growth, Daily Journal (Mississippi)
At the El Centro afterschool program in Tupelo, Mississippi, students get homework help, work with tutors on reading and math, and participate in a chess club, ACT prep classes, and college and career exploration activities. Last week, AT&T presented the program with 15 Dell computers, a $50,000 grant, and three years of internet access. “It opens up a lot more possibilities for us, and for us to be able to tell the community: Whatever you have a need for, we can provide it,” El Centro Director Allen Bradford told the Daily Journal
When the End of School Means the Beginning of Summer Learning Loss … and What This Local Nonprofit is Doing About it, Brooklyn Reader (New York)
For six weeks this summer, more than 100...
Spanish American Center Gets United Way Grants for After-School Programs, Leominster Champion (Massachusetts)
Continuing its ongoing support of afterschool programs, the United Way of North...
After-School Programs Band Together to Build Bots, Shoshone News-Press (Idaho)
The Pinehurst Elementary After-School Solution program and the Kellogg Middle School WISE afterschool program joined...
YMCA’s “Find My Genius” Now an After-School Program, Citizens Journal (California)
With a grant from California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, the Southeast...
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
Children of the Valley After-School Program Comes to Sedro-Woolley, Go Skagit (Washington)
An afterschool program that boosts students’ academic, social and emotional skills recently opened a new site in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. At the Children of the Valley afterschool program, students...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/27/22
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
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/12/22
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
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...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/22/21
With Toys, Books and Love, Granny's House Provides After-School Programs to Children, Columbia Missourian (Missouri)
Each day at the Granny’s House afterschool program in Columbia, Missouri, children enjoy outdoor activities, homework assistance, science clubs and field trips with...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/15/21
Weekly Media Roundup, December 8, 2021
Cleveland County Family YMCA Addresses Learning Loss, The Star (North Carolina)
To help students catch up on reading skills amidst the pandemic, the Cleveland County Family YMCA in North Carolina is partnering with Learning Ovations, a community literacy...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 12/08/21
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
'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
‘Worst-Case Scenario’: VB Parks & Rec Closing 14 Before/Afterschool Childcare Programs Due to Staffing Shortage, WAVY-TV (Virginia)
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation announced it will close three before-school and 11 afterschool programs starting January 3 due to ongoing...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 11/17/21
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
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