SHINE-ing Through Challenging Times

Responding to An Emergency

The SHINE Afterschool Program faced its own set of challenges when school buildings closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our teachers were committed to staying in touch with students to make sure the lessons they'd been working on all year wouldn't go to waste. And we knew many students would be eager for fun activities while they were staying safe at home.







Each SHINE Center was allowed to develop a curriculum to best meet the needs of students and families in their area. 
Some centers created online lessons, working with students in small groups or one-on-one to cover areas of academic challenge or interest. Other centers offered daily brain teasers on their center's Facebook page. Students were tasked with unscrambling clues for online scavenger hunts or invited to read along as SHINE teachers shared a story.


All centers made sure students and families received a daily meal, courtesy of SHINE and the PA Department of Education. Click here to read about the Palmerton Area SHINE Center's food distribution.

Staying Safe During COVID-19

The SHINE Afterschool Program values the safety and health of our students and their families. We are carefully monitoring the situation with the guidance and direction of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and will be taking all necessary precautions.

SHINE has developed Safety Plans to assist our Centers as they prepare for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Click HERE to view the plans.


Many SHINE Centers will be offering virtual lessons; enrollment packets and other materials will be distributed electronically. For centers that will be operating face-to-face, enhanced cleaning and other safety measures are being instituted.

If you have specific questions, please contact the SHINE Office.

"Your support really helped my daughter make it through virtual learning."


- Palmerton Area  School District
Parent of SHINE Student

"The homework assistance was great since my child was struggling not being in the classroom."

- LB Morris School 
Parent of SHINE Student