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ASAP Students to Receive STEM Education Through Monsanto Partnership

ARCHS is partnering with Monsanto to promote science in after school as an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education continues to grow.

Monsanto's Science Education Outreach Program will offer hands-on demonstrations for After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) students. ASAP students in 34 schools will benefit greatly from the expertise of Monsanto's scientists to encourage STEM learning. Monsanto plans to visit all ASAP sites by December 2013.

ASAP is a community effort to increase the quality and access to after school programs in the Greater St. Louis area.

"We are very excited that ASAP students will receive this great opportunity to learn from science professionals at Monsanto," said ARCHS' Vice President of K-12 Programs Kristy Kight. "There is a growing focus on STEM learning in the school day environment, so for after school students to be further engaged in science by experts such as Monsanto staff is a great benefit for ASAP programs."

The Monsanto Science Education Outreach offers 10 programs focused around STEM education, such as States of Matter & Chemistry Fun, Chromatography, Black Light Fun, Chlorophyll: The Power of Plants, How Fast Does that Plant Grow, and more.

Maggie Cole, a member of ARCHS' Board of Directors and the Global Manufacturing Sustainability Lead at Monsanto, assisted in bringing the two organizations together to provide the STEM educational opportunities for ASAP.

"Being on the Board of Directors for ARCHS has given me another avenue to link this community resource where there could be value," Cole said. "The ASAP program provides a great way for Monsanto to reach future scientists in the St. Louis region."

ASAP Students Spread the Love on Valentine's Day

Did you get a Valentine from a special somebody?

Well, parents of ASAP students at St. Louis the King were lucky enough to have special little Valentines as the kids made cards to celebrate the day! The after school students made Valentine's Day birds and cards to give to their parents, and were eager to go home to share them.

Also, ASAP students at Lexington Elementary celebrated Valentine's Day with a dance party, snacks, and face painting!

The ASAP after school program at St. Louis the King is operated by the YWCA, and the program at Lexington is operated by Provident, Inc.

ASAP Students Play60 with the St. Louis Rams

ASAP after school sites at Adams Park Community Center, Cote Brilliante Elementary, Dunbar Elementary, Farragut Elementary, and Herzog Elementary were given the opportunity to participate in the National Football League's (NFL) Play60 Campaign with the St. Louis Rams on November 27.

Rams' kicker Greg Zuerlein and linebacker Justin Cole spoke to the ASAP students about the importance of fitness, and even took part in some of the activities with the children!

Play60 is "designed to tackle childhood obesity, and brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and fitness with an impressive roster of partner organizations. In addition to national outreach and online programs, NFL PLAY 60 is implemented at the grassroots level through NFL's in-school, after-school, and team-based programs."

ARCHS and ASAP thanks the Rams for their support!

ASAP Celebrates Lights On After School

ASAP was proud to be one of 6,000 communities across the nation taking part in Lights On After School. The 13th annual Lights On After School was held October 18 and featured more than 1 million Americans rallying for after school programs.

Dozens of ASAP programs participated in Lights On After School, hosting programs, such as pumpkin carving, board games, science experiments, fall festivals, arts and crafts, and much more!

Click here to see photos from St. Louis The King, Mullanphy Elementary, Bryan Hill Elementary, Ashland Elementary, St. Frances Cabrini Academy, Sherman Elementary, Peabody Elementary, and Froebel Elementary!

ASAP to Celebrate Lights On Afterschool

This fall, ASAP in St. Louis will join 7,500 communities and one million Americans to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event held on October 18, to rally support for afterschool programs.

Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. ASAP provides free afterschool programming to more than 3,000 area youth.

Watch for future stories and photo galleries showcasing ASAP’s Lights On Afterschool events.