Happy Lights On Afterschool Day! Thank you to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for declaring October 25, 2018 Light On Afterschool Day in Washington State. Governor Inslee, along with many other community leaders, afterschool providers, families, and young people are acknowledging and celebrating the importance of afterschool programs today in keeping kids safe, inspiring them to learn, and helping working families.
It’s an exciting time for theBest Starts for Kids Out-of-School Timeteam at SOWA as grantees have launched their programs and we are fully underway supporting all the incredible organizations serving youth in King County!
As a refresher, in the grantmaking process, applicants were offered options regarding their implementation timing, and the levels of quality supports that would be provided by SOWA, as they developed their plans for BSK funded out-of-school-time programming. The grantees are organized into what we call Phase One and Phase Two.
Check out this great blog post written by our partners at Ready WA highlighting a quality summer program in action! Ready WA is a statewide coalition that supports college and career ready goals and standards for every K-12 student in Washington state. Connect with Ready WA on Facebook: http://Facebook.com/ReadyWA
The recipe for summer learning in Newport, Wash., looks like one part science lab, one part reading room, and two parts fun.
The 80 students participating in The Summer of STEM program are building roller coasters, creating cars out of pasta, engineering popsicle stick bridges, constructing elaborate towers for marbles to run through, studying chain reactions with dominos, working on their reading, and the list goes on.
One of hundreds of celebrations across the country, we saw firsthand the positive impact of high-quality summer learning in engaging youth in building new skills, discovering passions, and connecting with caring adults.