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Weekly Media Roundup: December 1, 2021

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Weekly Media Roundup: December 1, 2021

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, transportation support and free before- and afterschool programs. Lincoln County Youth Center Co-Founder Karma Metzler Fitzgerald told Idaho Ed News that it took a strong community effort to open the center. “It’s not just on the schools. It’s not just on businesses. It’s not just on government. It is collaborative. Because when you have stronger communities, you have stronger kids. And those lead to long-term benefits for everyone.”

Culpeper's Kid Central Manager is Out-of-School Time Champion of the Year, Culpeper Star-Exponent (Virginia)

When the pandemic hit and schools and child care programs closed, Kid Central Program Manager Rachel Palmer pivoted to create one of Virginia’s first child care programs for children of essential workers. While adapting to rapidly changing COVID-19 protocols, Palmer worked tirelessly to offer a high-quality summer learning program and to reopen Kid Central’s before- and afterschool program for the 2021-2022 school year. For her efforts to ensure student access to fun, educational programming throughout the pandemic, the Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School-Time named Palmer the 2021 Out-of-School Time Champion of the year. “Rachel works so hard for the children of Kid Central,” Culpeper Human Services Director Lisa Peacock told the Culpeper Star-Exponent. “She kept everyone safe while still being able to keep the program operational for working parents…. I’m so proud of her and the program.”

Capoeira Program Part of New Afterschool Care Option in Waterloo, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa)

At a new afterschool program in Waterloo, Iowa, students are practicing capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates music, dance and acrobatics. “The kids get a real physical education in understanding what the body can do, more than just regular P.E. classes,” David Pratt, Capoeira Kids afterschool instructor, told the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. “They also get a history lesson, learning about this history of capoeira.” The program also provides homework assistance, music classes and meals.

Grow Local's Afterschool Programs Plant STEM Seed for Westside Kids, KRIS 6 News (Texas)

Through a partnership with Grow Local South Texas, students in the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center afterschool program in Corpus Christi, Texas grow their own produce, learn about soil and pollination, and more. The goal is to teach students about healthy eating while developing their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The Center’s Director, Esmeralda Herrera-Teran, told KRIS 6 News, “We've had parents come up and just give us testimonies that their children are actually eating broccoli, eating spinach, eating peppers that they take home from here, radishes in their salad…. I think it's a great opportunity."

Weekly Media Roundup: January 26, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 19, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 12, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: January 5, 2022

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 22, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 15, 2021

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

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

Weekly Media Roundup: December 1, 2021

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

Weekly Media Roundup: November 24, 2021

'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

Weekly Media Roundup: November 17, 2021

‘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