Just For Kids Afterschool Program

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By Kaitlyn Ferree, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Nominee

Just for Kids afterschool

The S&S Worldwide team is proud to be the sponsor of the National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award for Afterschool for 2018. We are honored to highlight the nominees and winners for their accomplishments and dedication to the afterschool community.

I graduated from Florida Southern College with a degree in Elementary Education and I went right to work teaching 1st grade and 2nd grade in Florida. I have always had a passion for working with children, which began when I was a freshman in High School and I volunteered at the summer camp in my hometown. It was through the rec league of Kennett Square and from there I was hooked. I went on to work at the camp as a counselor, and then after that I became the coordinator for two years before going to college. In college I wasn’t always sure what I wanted to do, but the one thing that I knew was I wanted to better the lives of children and make sure they are healthy and have the necessities to grow and learn. I ended up going into elementary education and I loved it. I got to learn new skills, ways to target different learning styles, and discovered that what works for some students doesn’t work for all of them. Continue reading



Historical Art Frames – Educational Craft for the Classroom

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Historical frames craft

Bring the history of picture frames and artwork to life with this educational craft activity using our Historical Art Frames Craft Kit. This is a great project to combine with the new popular Google app called Arts & Culture. Students can use the app to discover which museum portrait they match with, then draw their portrait inside the frames!

Age Group: 7 and up
Project Time: 30 minutes

Craft Kit Contains:

  • Cardstock frame designs (4 designs, total of 12 frames)
  • Metallic markers
  • Colored pencils

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February Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our February Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of February 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of 6 pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar February 2018

February fitness calendar

Students are challenged each day to participate in the activities listed on the calendar. For February, the exercises include Reverse Lunges, Squats, Squat Jumps, Knee Raises, Heel Walks, and Tippy Toe Walks. Each week, the number of repetitions for each fitness exercise increases. Wednesdays are Cardio Day, where students will spend the allotted time either doing jumping jacks and/or mountain climbers.

The calendar also includes task cards for each challenge, so you can show your students images of the correct way to do the activities. Continue reading



5 STEAM Building Challenges for Your Program

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STEAM building challenge

Incorporate more STEAM activities into your program with these 5 building and engineering challenges. In the world of science, there are many ways we can introduce fun concepts that are exciting, challenging, scalable, cross categorical, and inexpensive. Your group can also develop problem solving skills and learn how to work together to complete the challenges.

Engineering with Craft Sticks, Cups, Cubes, and Keva Planks

I wanted to give our customers something they could bring to their programs within budget and allow the maker approach to take flight, while supporting their need to include high level STEAM concepts within budget. Offering simple challenges with visual supports helps instructors teach concepts in engineering, introduce the color wheel, physics, and chain reactions. These challenges were inspired and modified from Pinterest and a blog entitled Frugal Fun for Boys.

We tried these with a group of associates from S&S and they had a blast!

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How After School Programs Inspire Today’s Youth

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By Kevin Gilmore, National Afterschool Association Next Generation 2017 Award Nominee

after school programs

I started in afterschool as a participant in Big Brothers, Big Sisters when I was in middle school. By the time I was in high school, I was a co-lead in a K-5th grade after school program in a local church. I’ve always had a passion for working with young people. My first paid job was providing childcare for children in my neighborhood. Eventually, my passion for working with youth combined with my passion for culinary arts. I began teaching nutrition classes to the children in the program. When I was in college, I had the opportunity to serve as a youth leader for students in 4th-7th grades at a local church. We led the youth in arts, crafts, recreation and devotions.

After college, I felt a call on my life to move from Toledo, OH to Columbus, OH where I worked at the YMCA Summer Program. I began volunteering at Vineyard Columbus in the café – serving as the leader for the youth café volunteers. I gained employment with the café where one of my favorite times of the year was working with the summer program staff and their youth. I was offered a position with the Community Center’s after school and summer programs where I have led children in grades K-12 over the past four and a half years.  I was asked to direct the high school program and have served in this position since 2015. Continue reading



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