May 2021
DALLAS AFTERSCHOOL NEWS
AFTERSCHOOL APPRECIATION
As part of Afterschool Appreciation Week in April, we asked our partners to nominate some of the incredible individuals at their organizations who make an impact each day. Following are the outstanding afterschool professionals we would like to recognize who were nominated by their peers:

Team Player:
Elizabeth Castillo, Readers 2 Leaders

Creative Thinker:
Keith Wiggins, Foundation Communities

Go-Getter:
Kim Potts-Walker, Foundation Communities

Resilient Rescuer:
Ana Laura Perez, Kids-U

Most Dependable:
Connie Tam, After-School All-Stars

Congratulations and thank you for keeping our students safe, supported, and engaged!
CODING AND GAMING PILOT
STEM skills like coding are essential for students these days. To ensure we find new and innovative ways to instill these skills in students, Dallas Afterschool has created a new robust coding and gaming curriculum. We recently piloted activities with students at our partner site, Behind Every Door.

The new materials were a hit! Who knew learning could be so fun?
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
Christina K. Hanger
It's hard to believe May is already here! As I reflect on over a year of working during a pandemic, I'm especially proud of the different ways Dallas Afterschool has been able to help our partner programs and staff. From assistance with funding questions and sharing research results on the state of afterschool, to providing storm recovery relief funds and assisting with procurement for essential safety supplies, our team continues to adapt to the needs of the afterschool community. As we begin planning for new school year, we will have even more ways to leverage resources and assist our partners.

We appreciate your ongoing support as we work to build a new future for out-of-school time and ensure every child in Dallas has the opportunity to succeed!
SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!
That means it's time to gear up for summer learning. This year, more than ever, we must help combat COVID learning slide for students and provide a safe and supportive learning environment. From social-emotional "Calm Kits" to literacy supplies, you can make a difference for students this summer.
WE HAD A BLAST AT FIELD DAY!
Thank you for supporting our first-ever FIELD DAY event on May 8th! The Amazing Race-style event was a success, and best of all, it helped raise $70,000 to ensure Dallas students have access to safe, high quality afterschool programming.

Want to find out which team won? Visit our FIELD DAY Page to find out!