LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
St. Olaf Kinesiology Students Volunteer at Northfield After School Programs, Northfield News (Minnesota)
Each day after school, students from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota are sharing their knowledge of kinesiology (the study of physical movement) and healthy life choices with elementary students in the Healthy Ways afterschool program. “Healthy Ways champions healthy habits and lifestyles for children and families by providing educational and fun nutrition and physical activity programming,” Diego Calvario Bravo, the coordinator of Healthy Ways, told Northfield News. The college students assist in the planning of nutritious afterschool meals, exercises and educational workshops.
Kathleen High School Risk Club Partners with Tech Firm to Offer High-Paying Internship, ABC Action News (Florida)
The Risk Club afterschool program at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, Florida is providing students the opportunity to create apps, learn computer coding and tour local tech companies. “You can’t be what you don’t see. So, we do college tours, business tours, just different fun-based field trips to give them exposure: let them know it’s a bigger world out there,” Jeffrey Williams, founder of Risk Club, told ABC Action News. The afterschool program receives funding from California-based tech firm, ServiceNow.
Kindness Without Boundaries, Tribune-Star (Illinois)
Students in the Beyond the Bell afterschool program in Paris, Illinois painted rocks with positive messages and distributed them to community members, who have placed them in locations around the country along with notes to contact the school if they are found. Now, students are tracking the rocks’ locations using pins on a map, and the rocks have made their way to Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and elsewhere. Sixth-grader Blaise Davis told the Tribune-Star, “We’re trying to spread kindness ... so that the world becomes a better place.” Beyond the Bell is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, a cooking club, guest speakers, and more.
How Richmond is Helping Students Stay Off Their Phones After School, WTVR-TV (Virginia)
Since 2014, nearly 2,000 students in Richmond, Virginia have participated in NextUp RVA’s free afterschool program, which provides positive, enriching activities for teens. In the program, teens connect with mentors, get academic support, and take part in discussions about mental health and wellbeing. NextUp RVA data shows that participating students have a higher graduation rate than Richmond Public Schools students as a whole. “What we want to see is for the entire community, the entire region, to understand how important it is that schools can't do it alone, out of school time matters," President and CEO Barbara Sipe told WTVR-TV.
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