Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024


Weekly Media Roundup: January 3, 2024

Robbinsville Extended Day Program is Much More than Childcare, (New Jersey)

At the Sharon Elementary School’s Robbinsville Extended Day (RED) program in New Jersey, students take part in yoga, financial literacy courses, robotics, cooking classes, sign language instruction, hockey, soccer, and much more. The program offers before-school, afterschool and summer programming to students in kindergarten through eighth grade and also provides a “Discover Kindergarten” program to help preschoolers adjust to the school environment. Celeste Albert’s daughter enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program and has been there ever since. “She was able to be in the Sharon School, get to know the building, get to know some teachers and meet new friends that would be in her grade — all before kindergarten started,” Albert told

Bridging Gaps: After School Program in Mount Vernon Aids Mental Health Support for Bilingual Children, KOMO (Washington)

In Mount Vernon, Washington, the bilingual Boys & Girls Club afterschool program at LaVenture Middle School incorporates mental and behavioral health support in each of its activities and provides a safe space for students to share their emotions and struggles. Two-thirds of the students attending LaVenture Middle School and 84% of the students participating in the afterschool program are Hispanic. “Knowing their background, knowing where they come from, and knowing what their culture is like, sometimes you have to take a different approach,” Marco Rivera, a behavioral health specialist with the Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County, told KOMO.

Virginia Teacher to Be Honored for ‘Phenomenal' Before- and After-School Program: 'Put in the Work', WTVR-TV (Virginia)

Throughout two decades of teaching in Petersburg Public Schools in Virginia, Sheila Mosby saw the need for expanded supports for students. “Sometimes there are gaps in learning and the school can’t do it all. A lot of time our kids don’t get exposure to a lot of different things other than what they see and know,” Mosby told WTVR-TV. To help fill those gaps, Mosby created the Metropolitan HYPE Center before- and afterschool program, with funding and support from a foundation and a local church. The program focuses on mental health and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and activities range from growing fruits and vegetables to coding video games. Mosby, who continues to teach full-time while running the program, will be honored with a legacy award at the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Breakfast this month.

City Teachers Say Afterschool Programs Increase Attendance, Martinsville Bulletin (Virginia)

At a recent school board meeting in Martinsville, Virginia, several Patrick Henry Elementary School teachers shared about how their school’s afterschool programming helps students develop new skills while fostering a positive school environment. The school offers a wide range of activities including LEGO robotics, performing arts, engineering, entrepreneurship and more. “As a positive result out of all of the clubs, it has helped increase our attendance, it has helped increase our positive behavior,” fourth grade teacher Elizabeth Fulcher told the school board. “Students are excited to be there. They don’t want to miss school because we have robotics [that day].”

Weekly Media Roundup: April 17, 2024

The CARE Center Collecting Snacks, Books for Upcoming Summer Learning Program, WHNT (Alabama) In preparation for its summer learning program, the CARE Center in Huntsville, Alabama is hosting a food and book drive so each of the 300 students participating in its summer program will receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/17/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 10, 2024

Detroit Kids Dance Through School Work at After-School Program, CBS News Detroit (Michigan) At the Let’s Dance afterschool program at Detroit’s Dufree Innovation Society, students work with teaching artists on dance routines with academic concepts built in. Afterward, the same...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/11/24

Weekly Media Roundup: April 3, 2024

At IPS School 43, Teaching Kids to Read is a Community Effort, WISH-TV (Indiana) At the Martin Luther King Community Center’s afterschool program in Indianapolis, Indiana, elementary school students are paired with mentors who encourage them to read through a variety of engaging...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/03/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 27, 2024

The Opp Helps Mr. Calloway’s Students Thrive, Tulsa Kids (Oklahoma) Thanks to support from The Opportunity Project, students at the Culinary Arts afterschool program at East Central Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma are practicing cooking techniques while also learning about budgeting and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/27/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 20, 2024

Matthew McConaughey and ASU Are Helping an Arizona School District. Here's How, Arizona Republic (Arizona) Matthew McConaughey and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to help a Phoenix-area school district apply for federal afterschool funding included in the Bipartisan Safer...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/20/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 13, 2024

English Learners Stopped Coming to Class During the Pandemic. One Group is Tackling the Problem By Helping Their Parents, Hechinger Report In North Carolina, nearly one third of English language learning students were chronically absent last year, a rate significantly higher than the...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/13/24

Weekly Media Roundup: March 6, 2024

Charlotte Afterschool Program Aims to Break Cycle of Youth Crime and Violence, WBTV (North Carolina) In response to the 33 percent rise in juvenile gun violence in Charlotte, North Carolina, county leaders presented The Way Forward plan to city council members this week. The plan includes...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/06/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 28, 2024

Program Designed to Boost Reading Rates in NW Tallahassee is Reaching More Students, WTXL (Florida) At Springwood Elementary School’s afterschool program in Tallahassee, Florida, students are paired with volunteers from United Way’s ReadingPals program, working together to improve...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/28/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 21, 2024

Missoula After-School Program for BIPOC Youth Creating Next Generation of Leaders, KTVQ-TV (Montana) At the Association for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) Youth afterschool program in Missoula, Montana, students of color build community, take part in mindfulness activities, and develop...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/21/24

Weekly Media Roundup: February 14, 2024

Viewpoint: Invest in Out-of-School Programs to Help Solve State’s Educational Challenges, South Bend Tribune (Indiana) Indiana lawmakers are considering continuing the state’s pandemic-era investments in out-of-school time learning, including afterschool and summer learning programs....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/14/24