LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Lakeside, YMCA Partner for After-School Program, The Sentinel-Record (Arkansas)
Thanks to federal relief funds, Lakeside Primary School in Hot Springs, Arkansas is offering its S.C.O.R.E. (Successful Children's Out-of-school-time Recreation and Education) program free this year. Facilitated in partnership with the Hot Springs Family YMCA, the afterschool program focuses on academic support and social and emotional learning. “Historically, the parents had to pay for after-school programs," Jamie Preston, district administrator, told the Sentinel-Record.. "When we got our federal relief money, that was one of the things that our superintendent … felt really strongly about ... the money is designed to accommodate learning loss… When we were shut down, our parents had to assume the responsibilities of being the teachers. So we want to give back."
Afterschool Program Provides Students Hands-On Experience in Various Trades, WTNH-TV (Connecticut)
Meriden Public Schools and the Connecticut Technical Education Career System are working together to provide an afterschool program for high school students in Meridien, Connecticut that teaches valuable job skills. The Career Academy offers courses in collision repair, carpentry and culinary skills and includes certifications for those who complete the two-year program. “I think it all began with looking into what were some creative partnerships we could institute to help our students gain learning experiences outside of the regular school day,” Susan Moore, director of technology for Meriden Public Schools, told WTNH-TV. “We hope they’re finding their passion for the career they want to do when they leave high school.”
Working Parents Frustrated by 500 Student-Long Waitlist for Jersey City After-School Program, NJ.com (New Jersey)
Staffing shortages, limited facility space and an increased demand for afterschool programs have resulted in long waitlists at CASPER afterschool programs in Jersey City Public Schools. Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled in the program, but 500 students are currently on the waitlist. The district is considering moving the afterschool programs to larger facilities, but that will cause transportation issues. “It’s not just the staff, it’s the location, it’s the space,” Norma Fernandez, deputy superintendent for Jersey City schools, told NJ.com. “It’s a multi-faceted problem.”
Boys and Girls Club Adds Additional Afterschool Program in West Hawaii, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Hawaii)
In October, the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island (BGCBI) opened its fifth afterschool program in South Kona, Hawaii, with capacity to serve 100 students. “As we settle back into some normalcy within our communities, BGCBI has seen a huge need for after school care in South Kona,” CEO Chad Cabral told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. “We provide after school care until about 5:30, free child care for parents that need to work those extra hours so they can provide for their families.” At the free program, students get help with their homework, eat a hot meal, and take part in fun, educational activities.
Beatrice After School Program Granted Another Five Years, Beatrice Daily Sun (Nebraska)
At the Beatrice Learning After School Time (BLAST) program in Beatrice, Nebraska, more than 170 students...
Clark, Champaign Organizations Awarded Grants for Student Academic Needs, Well-Being, Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
Thanks to a $2.1 million Summer Learning and Afterschool Opportunities grant from...
Wimauma After School Program Provides Consistent, Safe Place for Students to Grow, ABC Action News (Florida)
At the Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos afterschool program in Wimauma, Florida,...
Hogansville Hosts 5K Race to Benefit After School Program, Pioneer Youth, LaGrange Daily News (Georgia)
The city of Hogansville, Georgia hosted the first annual Run HGVL 5K race to support Pioneer...
Cut-A-Thon Helps Raise Money for Instruments for Youth, WTVQ (Kentucky)
The Lexington Leadership Foundation in Kentucky hosted a haircut-a-thon at its Woodhill Community Center facility to raise...
SCDE Plans to Expand Summer and After-School Programs with $14.5 million, WISTV (South Carolina)
Thanks to $12 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding, the South...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
‘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
YMCA gives kids ‘a dose of normal,’ Martha’s Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
To help students overcome isolation and disconnection, the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard is providing in-person programming for students each afternoon. The program provides enrichment activities and...
BY: Magen Eissenstat 01/13/21
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
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