LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida)
At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida, children of migrant workers enjoy participating in yoga classes, painting murals with local artists and learning new mindfulness exercises. “I've learned that the families that we work with are extremely hardworking, that they want the best for their children, that these children come to school every day and it is the most consistent place in their life where they can feel safe, where they can feel taken care of, where they know, they're gonna get fed, that we are not just feeding their bellies, but we're feeding their minds and we're feeding their hearts," Mary Torres, Program Manager of Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos, told ABC Action News. The afterschool program is currently offered to kindergarten through third grade students and hopes to include fourth and fifth graders next year.
‘The Rhythm Gets to Me’: Conjunto Music Motivating Edinburg Elementary Students in After-School Program, KRGV-TV (Texas)
In the afterschool program at Betts Elementary in Edinburg, Texas, students are gaining confidence, learning new skills and forming a sense of belonging by learning to play conjunto music. Assistant Principal Emmanuel Leon helped form the conjunto group, gathering instruments and teaching the kids to play, when students expressed interest in learning music after school. Program leaders say the group has motivated students to come to school. “I was, like, a not good kid, but now, I got on the [conjunto] team, so I picked up my grades better. I behave better in class,” fourth grader Eduardo Falcon told KRGV-TV.
$247K Grant Leads to New Blanchester Before- and After-School Programs, Summer Programs, Wilmington News Journal (Ohio)
Thanks to an Afterschool and Summer Learning Opportunities grant, students at Putman Elementary School in Blanchester, Ohio will participate in engaging educational activities throughout the summer. Putman Elementary School Principal Jeri Earley is thrilled to receive the grant. “It allows to create opportunities for kids such as literacy and math programs. Also, it’s in a camp setting which provides opportunities for outdoor and team-building activities,” Earley told the Wilmington News Journal. The grant will also provide funding for professional development training for staff members.
Soccer For Success Provides Local Children Education in the Sport, and in Healthy Life Choices, WBFO (New York)
The Soccer for Success afterschool program in Western New York combines soccer, homework help, mentorship, nutrition and more to help students reach their goals, stay healthy and grow academically and socially. Coaches and program leaders also build relationships with students’ parents and work to meet their families’ needs. “So if they need fresh produce, we will help them and provide that for them. We bring out farmers markets each time we're at a site,” Carrie Meyer, executive director of the Independent Health Foundation, which sponsors the program, told WBFO. “We're constantly asking the parents for their feedback and we're continuing to listen to what their needs are, and what services they need. And that's what we want to bring to the table.”
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