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Tag Archives: Out-of-School-Time

#GivingTuesday and Lights On Wrap-Up

If you’ve been following our social media posts lately (on Facebook and Twitter, in particular), you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been talking up Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving when you’re encouraged to donate to nonprofits or others that are working to make a positive difference in the world. Yes, it’s true, AYS is […]

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Arts for Learning apprentices help combat the ‘summer slide’

Last week, we, and hundreds of others across the country, celebrated National Summer Learning Day. Of course, for Camp AYS, every summer day is dedicated to continued learning, and combatting the so-called “summer slide” – the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Denise Smeltzer

Who: Denise Smeltzer, program director at Pittsboro Elementary When: 18 years (16 years as program director) Favorite color: Blue, because it’s a calming color Favorite season: Spring, because it’s new every year Favorite ice cream: Kroger brand Death by Chocolate   Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of working with AYS? A: Seeing […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Donniece Harris

Who: Donniece Harris, program director at Promise Road Elementary When: 1 year in August Favorite color: My favorite color has always been purple. I feel like it is the most vibrant color of the rainbow! Favorite season: Spring—I love the spring weather. My birthday is also in the spring. So, that’s another reason why it’s […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Andrea Straughan

Who: Andrea Straughan, program director at Fox Hill When: 18 years (started out at Harcourt Elementary school as a program assistant and shortly after was promoted to program director) Favorite color: Green for money — after all, who doesn’t like money? Favorite season: Not sure Favorite ice cream: Caramel Praline from Baskin Robbin’s Q: What […]

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Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Coltin Metzger

Who: Coltin Metzger, program director at IPS 91 When: 2 years (first year as a program director) Favorite color: My favorite color is blue. I think because it reminds me of the sky, I’ve always loved traveling and flying and to me it reminds me of those things. Favorite season: Summer is my favorite season. […]

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Black History Month at AYS

You may have noticed on our Facebook page last month that a number of our program sites celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and legacy with art projects and fact-finding missions.  It was a great example of our program directors building on what students were already learning in their schools, with complementary instruction. In […]

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ArtForce at Camp AYS at School 84

School’s out for summer, but for Camp AYS kids, the learning never stops. Take what’s happening at School #84 in Indianapolis, for example. As part of their summer camp experience, the kids at 84 have been benefitting from a tremendous partnership we have with Arts for Learning, the Indiana affiliate of Young Audiences, Inc. Through […]

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Happy New Year!!

I hope you were able to take some time to relax and rejuvenate during the holiday season. The new year is a great time for all of us to jump into 2016 with clear heads and light hearts. When I started at AYS last year, one of my goals was to visit each of our […]

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Looking Back…

AYS’ current Board President Tim Witmer will end his two-year presidential term at our annual meeting on September 16 and retire off of the board. We asked Tim to reflect on his eight years on the AYS board of directors. Looking Back… It has truly been an honor and pleasure to have served as AYS’ […]

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