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Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

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Weekly Media Roundup: January 10, 2024

Glendale Middle School Coach Who Inspires All Gifted With Dream Team Surprise, Fox 13 (Utah)

This week, Fox 13’s “Dream Team” in Salt Lake City surprised Glendale Middle School physical education teacher, coach and afterschool program director Lucas Tucker at a school assembly with a gift card, a backpack and $1,000 for afterschool programming. Tucker, who has taught at Glendale Middle school for a decade, created the afterschool program to provide a safe place for students to explore their interests and connect with mentors. Activities range from sports to cooking classes. “I like that he’s nice and he really does care about our safety and that we eat after school, and that we have fun,” student Valerie Morales told Fox 13.

After School Program in Elyria Saves Children's Lives, Encourages Educational Success, ABC News 5 (Ohio)

For the past 40 years, the Save Our Children of Elryia afterschool program has provided academic and emotional support to students in Elyria, Ohio. “Having a place where children know they can come every day, get a hot meal, every day get help with homework, every day have some type of enjoyable programming and then be around friends, you can’t duplicate that,” former NFL player and current Save Our Children of Elryia Executive Director Chase Farris told ABC News 5. “For some of these kids—it means the world to know they have an adult in their life that will go to bat for them no matter what.” The program outgrew its original location, Asbury United Methodist Church and is looking to expand due to the ever-growing need in the community.

Students in Coalinga-Huron Unified School District Take Part in Winter Learning Programs, KFSN (California)

At Bishop Elementary School in Fresno, California, students in kindergarten through eighth grade had the opportunity to participate in enriching and engaging activities throughout winter break, including robotics classes, music, Spanish lessons, and field trips to science labs and theaters. “What we try to do is get an array of different vendors that can provide students different opportunities that they wouldn’t be able to do during after school during the year just due to the time frame,” Titus Karvon, Program Coordinator for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, told KFSN. The free full-day winter learning program was supported by California’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program.

Afterschool Programs Playing a Part in Childcare Shortage, Kentucky Edition/PBS (Kentucky)

According to a new report from the Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance, the number of students who are without access to afterschool programs in the state is above the national average, and the shortage of affordable and accessible afterschool programs is particularly severe in rural communities. “I think underserved students who live in rural communities are just not having the same opportunities as their peers… Increasingly, we also see the correlation [with] low workforce participation in a lot of our rural communities,” Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance Director and Afterschool Alliance Afterschool Ambassador Tom Haggard told Kentucky Edition. Advocates say more funding is needed and that the needs of school-aged children should be considered in conversations about the state’s child care crisis.

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

Weekly Media Roundup: February 7, 2024

Rangers Star Welcomes Kids to the Ice in After School Program, NBC4 (New York) With help from a donation from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, 50 students in the WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation) afterschool program in the South Bronx are lacing up skates and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      02/07/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 31, 2024

Advocates of Afterschool Opportunities Rally in Albany for $119M Funding Boost, Spectrum News 1 (New York) On Tuesday, afterschool leaders, students, and lawmakers gathered in Albany, New York to press for an additional $119 million in state funding to ensure universal access to afterschool. At...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/31/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 24, 2024

'Articulate Their Pain': Preventing Teen Suicide Through the Power of Music, Spectrum News 1 (North Carolina) DDAAT-App, a mental health nonprofit with an afterschool program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is partnering with The Bridge, a music studio, to give students access to recording...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/24/24

Weekly Media Roundup: January 17, 2024

Bessie Coleman After School Aviation Program to be Tested in Oklahoma, General Aviation News (Oklahoma) Sixth and 7th graders in Tulsa, Oklahoma are exploring careers in aerospace and aeronautics by building planes, flying drones, and participating in other hands-on projects thanks to a...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      01/17/24