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Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

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Weekly Media Roundup: June 8, 2022

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 together to celebrate last month’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night in Pinehurst, Idaho, and participants transformed recycled materials into robots. The event featured Pinehurst Elementary’s new Think, Make, Create Lab, a mobile lab that can be transported to various sites and programs. “We had a really great turnout and it was really nice to collaborate with the middle school afterschool program,” Pinehurst After-School Solution Director Deanne Fitzgerald told the Shoshone News-Press. The afterschool programs offer STEM activities as well as community service projects, educational support and social-emotional learning activities throughout the school year and will offer additional programs this summer.

Brixner MESA Team Wins State, Will Compete at National Level – Three KCSD Schools Offered MESA This Year as an After School Program, Klamath Alerts (Oregon)

Within its first year, the Brixner MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) afterschool program not only encouraged students’ creativity but is sending a team of eighth graders to the National MESA junior high engineering and design competition. The two eighth-grade Oregon winners were tasked with developing an innovation to support the food industry. The students worked with Sweet Union Farm to construct a mechanical lift to extend the growing season. “They had so many great ideas that could really help out small-scale farmers who are growing food for their community,” Katie Swanson of Sweet Union Farm told Klamath Alerts. “This type of technology is not readily available for small-scale farmers, so their hard work and creativity gave me so much hope.”

Summer Camp for Kids Who Suffered COVID Learning Loss Opens, ABC 15 (Arizona)

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has directed $100 million in federal COVID relief funds to summer learning programs, which will serve 114,000 students at 890 sites across the state this summer. The AZ On Track Summer Camp programs will provide on hands-on activities to help students recover academically and emotionally from the pandemic, while developing skills such as teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking. "I think it's important for [my granddaughter]. More opportunities and activities for the kids," grandmother Maria Monarvin told ABC 15.

Summer-Learning Program Demand Rises; Counselors on Hand for Social-Emotional Learning, Local 12 (Kentucky)

During the pandemic, demand for out-of-school time programs in Covington, Kentucky has risen sharply as students and their families seek support to cope with the stresses of COVID. This summer, school counselors will work with students one-on-one and in small groups to address mental health challenges as part of Covington Schools’ summer learning program. Students will also stay engaged academically while exploring new interests. “Afterschool and summer-learning programs give kids that safe space to try something new. Maybe they don’t think they can be an artist, but maybe they dropped into an art club,” Director of Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance and Afterschool Ambassador Tom Haggard told Local 12

Weekly Media Roundup: October 19, 2022

Boston's Investment in Summer Learning Converts into High Participation this Year, WBUR (Massachusetts) A new report from Boston After School and Beyond shows nearly 16,000 students in the Boston area attended summer learning programs at schools and community organizations this summer, with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/19/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 12, 2022

An After-School Program that Enriches Learning Academically, Socially and Emotionally: Cleveland’s Promise, Cleveland.com (Ohio) At Almira Elementary School’s afterschool program in Cleveland, Ohio, students are now taking boxing lessons in addition to drawing, digital animation,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/12/22

Weekly Media Roundup: October 5, 2022

Afterschool Programs Mobilize in Wake of Mass Shootings, Youth Today As communities grapple with horrific mass shootings such as those in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, afterschool programs are focusing on mentorship and social and emotional learning activities to help children heal. For...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      10/05/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 28, 2022

Project S.T.I.N.G. Unveiled at Goodyear School, West Valley View (Arizona) Thanks to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, students at Desert Star School in Goodyear, Arizona now have access to a free afterschool program that offers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/28/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 21, 2022

Many Children are Regularly Exposed to Gun Violence. Here's How to Help them Heal, National Public Radio In the Cameron Community Ministries afterschool program in Rochester, New York, students learn leadership skills, take part in community-oriented projects, and connect with mentors...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/21/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 14, 2022

In- and After-School Programs Aim to Combat Mental Health Effects that COVID-19 Worsened, Youth Today The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in 2021, seven in 10 public schools saw a rise in children seeking mental health services. To support student wellbeing, schools and...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/14/22

Weekly Media Roundup: September 7, 2022

After-School Program Blends Tutoring, Circus Training, WBBM Newsradio (Illinois) At the CircEsteem afterschool program in Chicago, children ages 3 to 18 build their self-confidence by learning aerial arts, tumbling and juggling, alongside academic tutoring and mentorship. The program partners...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      09/07/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 31, 2022

Boys & Girls Clubs Help Fill Need for After-School Programing, Fox 2 Detroit (Michigan) Amid historic unmet demand for afterschool, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan is helping close the gap for students and their families with programming that includes tutoring, meals,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/31/22

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...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/24/22

Weekly Media Roundup: August 17, 2022

North Carolina YMCA Afterschool Programs Growing Students Critical Skills, WFMY (North Carolina) Recent assessments of North Carolina Alliance of YMCAs’ afterschool programs found that two-thirds of participating students improved in two or more character development skills this past year....

BY: Magen Eissenstat      08/17/22