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Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2019

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Weekly Media Roundup: May 15, 2019

Dallas Boys and Girls Club Draws High Praise, Gaston Gazette (Texas)

Every day after school, about 45 students from Carr Elementary in Dallas, Texas arrive at a new Boys and Girls Club, which opened last October. The afterschool program offers homework help, physical activities including football and basketball, character development and more. Parent Wendy Hall told the Gaston Gazette that since joining the program, her two sons’ “reading levels have gone up. One of them has developed a liking for math, whereas before he couldn’t stand it. And both of them have gone from making low C’s to mostly A’s over the past seven months…This place has not just brought the kids together, it has brought the whole community together.”

SBCUSD Un-CAPS After School Achievements at Family Festival, Highland Community News (California)

More than 1,000 students and their families gathered in early May to celebrate students’ work at Creative After-school Programs for Success (CAPS) in San Bernardino, California. At interactive booths and through performances, students showcased their creative projects including choreographed dances, robotics, using junk mail to grow plants and more. Television actor Tony Plana served as master of ceremonies at the event. “We want learning to happen not just at school, we want learning to happen after school, during the summer, at home, on field trips; everything from our kids going to Catalina Island and to the mountains, to having experiences that they may not normally have,” Dennis Warman, CAPS director for the San Bernardino Unified School District, told the Highland Community News.

Collaborative Program Between UVM and BHS is Helping new English learners, My Champlain Valley (Vermont)

This semester, English language learners in Burlington High School’s afterschool program benefited from a unique partnership with the University of Vermont (UVM). Twice a week, language studies students from UVM visited the afterschool program to tutor English learners one-on-one. The UVM students gained firsthand experience in teaching, and the afterschool students developed their literacy skills through personal relationships. Patient Mwibeleca, who moved to Vermont from the Congo eight months ago, bonded with his UVM mentor over soccer and video games. “When I first came here, I had no friends and I was not talking to people,” Mwibeleca told My Champlain Valley. “It was hard for me to speak English because I wasn't talking to anybody….This program has really helped me in making sentences.”

Madison Students Get STEM Education Through Urban Gardening Initiative, AdVantage (Illinois)

In the Urban Gardening afterschool program in Madison, Illinois, fifth through eighth grade girls test pH levels in soil, make rain barrels, use microscopes to observe soil samples and more. The program is a collaboration between Southern Illinois University, the Madison County Housing Authority and the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities. It uses hands-on environmental activities to spark girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. “This program makes science exciting,” seventh-grade student Zarria Clark told the AdVantage. “I didn’t used to like going outside, but now that I’ve learned different things about the environment, I like to go out and explore.”

Weekly Media Roundup: June 10, 2020

Total Trek Quest Announces New Virtual Summer Program, ABC 13 (Michigan) Total Trek Quest engages boys in third through fifth grades in Grand Rapids, Michigan with afterschool programming focused on goal setting, social-emotional learning, physical activity and health education. This summer,...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/10/20

Weekly Media Roundup: June 3, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Youth Stay Active With Virtual Services, Encinitas Advocate (California) While in-person programming is suspended due to the pandemic, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sandieguito in California is offering tutoring, music classes and sports practice to keep...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      06/03/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 27, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: May 20, 2020

Burlington Provides Care at School — or at Home — for Essential Workers' Kids, Seven Days (Vermont) Afterschool staff and paraeducators are providing a safe, enriching learning environment for children of essential workers in Burlington, Vermont while schools and afterschool...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/20/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 13, 2020

OCCA Develops “Art Kits” For 21st Century After School Program, The News Guard (Oregon) This school year, the Sam Case Elementary 21st Century Afterschool Program in Newport, Oregon partnered with the Oregon Coast Council of the Arts (OCCA) to facilitate four-week art classes for...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      05/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup: May 6, 2020

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

Weekly Media Roundup: April 29, 2020

YMCA to Finish '7 Habits of Happy Kids' Series Via Video, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas) This year, the Hot Springs Family YMCA Successful Children Out-of-School Recreation and Education (S.C.O.R.E.) afterschool program in Arkansas has facilitated a social-emotional learning series...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/29/20

Weekly Media Roundup: April 15, 2020

After School Program Adjusting to Help Kids When There’s No School, QuadCities.com (Iowa) While in-person programming is suspended due to coronavirus, the Spring Forward afterschool program in the Quad Cities region of Iowa has launched Spring Forward At Home. Through a partnership with...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/15/20

Views from VISTAs: Updates from March 2020

Photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah, courtesy of Picnoi. AmeriCorps’ Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) work to alleviate poverty by providing indirect service to their communities. Our afterschool VISTAs and the work they do are essential to the expansion of afterschool access for the...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      04/13/20

Weekly Media Roundup, April 8, 2020

With Coronavirus Shuttering Its After-School Program, South Reading Youth Initiative Sends Help to Students' Homes, Reading Eagle (Pennsylvania) At the South Reading Youth Initiative afterschool program in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 100 first and second grade school students receive...

BY: Magen Eissenstat      04/08/20