Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022


Weekly Media Roundup: August 24, 2022

Local School Program Helps Students Succeed, Expands to Midland, WNEM (Michigan)

Throughout the pandemic, R1SE Education & Recreation in Freeland, Michigan provided before- and after school programs and tutoring support to students to help keep them engaged and learning. This fall, they are opening a second location in Midland, Michigan and both sites already have waitlists. “I can see R1SE making education fun and exciting for kids,” Nick Horn, the new director at R1SE in Midland, told WNEM. “I think we want to see them grow as students, young people, grow confidence in themselves.”

NYC Brings Camp to the Classroom in Summer Rising, Chalkbeat

All 110,000 spots in New York City’s Summer Rising program were filled days after applications opened this year. Boosted by federal COVID-19 relief funds, the free program was facilitated through partnerships between schools and community organizations. Students sharpened their literacy and math skills while also participating in outdoor activities, arts, field trips and more. During a recent visit to the P.S. 7 site in Queens, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said the students were “Ready for the school year. They’re full of confidence. They have more social skills.”

Holmes County Schools Start a New After-School Program in Place of WINGS, WJHG (Florida)

Despite the loss of federal funding, the Holmes County School District in Florida has secured additional funds to reopen its popular afterschool program this fall. “There are only so many hours in the given school day. The afternoon program gave us another hour, hour and a half to provide some extra support,” Holmes County School Board Superintendent Buddy Brown told WJHG. Elementary and middle school students attending the program will receive homework assistance and snacks and enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities.

Portland Struggles to Recruit Staff Needed for After-School Program, Portland Press Herald (Maine)

More than 150 elementary school students are on a waitlist for the Before & After the Bell program in Portland, Maine, which is facing a staffing crisis. Program leaders say unless they hire an additional 10 staff members before the start of the school year, administrators may have to step in to run the program, which would make it unlikely that any waitlisted children will get a spot. The city is offering tuition discounts to local college students as well as child care stipends to try to recruit qualified workers to the program. Parents have a lot at stake. “Normal people’s hours don’t go with school hours, so having that aftercare is super helpful for me to be able to continue on with my work and also know my child is taken care of and enjoying his time,” parent and surgical technician Kim England told the Portland Press Herald. “My son comes back after school happy, having learned new things and having met new people.”

Weekly Media Roundup: May 10, 2023

D.O.V.E.S Afterschool Program Builds Self-Esteem, Confidence in Local Elementary Students, WMDT (Maryland) At the D.O.V.E.S. (Daughters of Value, Excellence and Success) afterschool program in Salisbury, Maryland, young girls are empowered to be themselves and support one another and others in...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/10/23

Weekly Media Roundup: May 3, 2023

Rally at the Capitol for Funding Afterschool Programs, Fox 43 (Pennsylvania) Afterschool providers, parents and advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg today to urge the state legislature to pass House Bill 795, which would provide state funding for afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/03/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 26, 2023

Local After School Care Program Aims to Help Kids Regain Knowledge Lost Due to COVID, KFDA (Texas) At the Bear Paws afterschool program in Amarillo, Texas, middle school students are participating in engaging activities to tackle learning loss from the pandemic. “We’re trying to...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/26/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 19, 2023

After-School Program and City Officials Celebrate Arbor Day, Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) In honor of Arbor Day, elementary school students from Allegany County Public Schools’ afterschool programs participated in a tree planting ceremony at Gene Mason Sports Complex in Cumberland,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/19/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 12, 2023

Schools Used ESSER Funds for After-School Programs. What Happens When the Money Runs Out? Education Week With the assistance of ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding, afterschool and summer programs throughout the country were able to expand and serve a greater number...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/12/23

Weekly Media Roundup: April 5, 2023

After-School Programs Financed with Pandemic Funds Making a Difference in Chester County, Daily Local News (Pennsylvania) Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is helping Mighty Writers and Coatesville Kids to College, two afterschool programs in Chester County, Pennsylvania, expand...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/05/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 29, 2023

Commentary: SC Afterschool Programs Can Help Close Gender Gap in STEM Industries, The Post and Courier (South Carolina) In a recent guest column for the Post and Courier, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance President and CEO Zelda Waymer notes the overlap between Women’s History Month and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/29/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 22, 2023

Non-Profit Helps Lynn Students Prepare for Careers in Human Services, CBS Boston (Massachusetts) At the Pathways to Opportunities afterschool program at Lynn Classical High School in Massachusetts, high schoolers explore careers in human services with help from mentors from the Northeast Arc, a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/22/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 15, 2023

Youth Invited to Reimagine Sioux Falls with City Build 2040 Event, Dakota News Now (South Dakota) Elementary schoolers attending the South Dakota Afterschool Network’s two-day City Build 2040 event in Sioux Falls will work with local experts to create models that showcase their vision for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/15/23

Weekly Media Roundup: March 8, 2023

STUDENT VOICES: We Need More Women in STEM Fields, and We Have Ideas for Making that Happen, The Hechinger Report In a guest column for the Hechinger Report, high schoolers Henrietta Rasmusson and Emerald Yankey list three priorities for increasing women’s participation in science,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      03/08/23