LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
'Too young to do nothing,' Grandma's House Founder is Tulare's Woman of the Year, Visalia Times Delta (California)
When Flora Johnson retired as an elementary school principal after an education career spanning more than three decades, she decided to continue to serve children by opening a free afterschool program called Grandma’s House in Tulare, California. “I thought: You are old enough to retire, but too young to do nothing,” Johnson told the Visalia Times Delta. Over the past 14 years, Grandma’s House has supported hundreds of students with tutoring and mentorship. Earlier this week, California Assemblyman Devon Mathis presented Johnson with the Tulare Woman of the Year Award.
Offering After-School Programs and Open Labs, DSU Opens New K-12 STEM Outreach Center, Cedar City News (Utah)
At the newly opened K-12 STEM Outreach Center at Dixie State University (DSU) in St. George, Utah, students can explore a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields ranging from coding to cybersecurity to robotics. The center offers afterschool programs, open labs and workshops facilitated by university students. “Anytime you give kids the opportunity to create, make or innovate in a space, their minds get excited and people get energized,” Eric Pedersen, dean of the DSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology, told Cedar City News. “As they build skills to do it on their own, their confidence grows – both for those who are mentoring and those who are being mentored.”
Cities in Schools Expands to Plainview with Pilot Program¸ Daily Ardmoreite (Oklahoma)
Cities in Schools is expanding its afterschool program in Ardmore, Oklahoma by including older students in a unique way. The pilot program is recruiting and training high school students to be mentors to elementary school students participating in its afterschool program. “Maybe somebody needs help with their reading, maybe one of the [younger students] needs a positive influence,” Cities in Schools Board President Daryle Steele told Daily Ardmoreite. “We’re saying ‘mentor’ because it’s a broad spectrum. That could be playing checkers to working on your math homework.” Based on the success of the initiative, Cities in Schools hopes to expand the program to other school districts.
New After-School Program Launches in Smyth, Smyth County News & Messenger (Virginia)
Recognizing the unmet need for afterschool programming, Smyth County, Virginia administrators and four local elementary schools quickly pulled together resources to open the Smyth County Explorers afterschool program in time for the beginning of the school year. “An amazing partnership happened within two weeks,” County Administrator Shawn Utt told Smyth County News & Messenger. The afterschool programs are located at participating elementary schools and provide homework assistance, physical activities and snacks.
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