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GetConnected 2020

COVID or not, this year's GetConnected Conference participants' engaged and enjoyed quality virtual time!

COVID or not, this year’s GetConnected Conference participants’ engaged and enjoyed quality virtual time!

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Think Make Create Trailers™: The Eyes into the Future of the Next Generation of Professionals?

Lately, the future of kids going back to school has been uncertain. Happily, when Beyond School Bells' teamed up with Big Red Keno, a Think Make Create Lab rolled into Family Service Lincoln. Just like that, the future was hopeful once again! Read more about how our next generation of young creators made the most of this mobile makerspace!

Lately, the future of kids going back to school has been uncertain. Happily, when Beyond School Bells’ teamed up with Big Red Keno, a Think Make Create Lab rolled into Family Service Lincoln. The future was hopeful once again! Read more about how our next generation of young creators made the most of this mobile makerspace!

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Afterschool and Summer Learning Network Beyond School Bells and Partnership Coalition Grow the Good Life: Statewide Youth Tree-A-Thon Planned for Arbor Day Weekend and 2020

On Friday, March 13, Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s afterschool and summer learning network announced its statewide challenge for youth and their communities across the state to collectively plant over 20,000 trees on Arbor Day weekend, April 24-26.

The coalition recognizes the extenuating circumstances due to the Coronavirus and will stay updated on the most current information regarding the virus and whether a postponement of the Arbor Day events will be necessary to a fall planting.

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Beyond School Bells Holds Annual Conference for 30 Afterschool and Summer Program Professionals

On February 10-11, Beyond School Bells hosted a meeting of 30 afterschool and summer program professionals from across Nebraska to discuss emerging trends and opportunities in our field. This annual meeting once again provided opportunities for Nebraska’s ELO leaders to come together and learn from one another and meet with their elected representatives at an informal breakfast event.

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Catching up with Beyond School Bells

Trying to track down Jeff Cole, Network Lead for Beyond School Bells, is not an easy task at the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation office in Lincoln. But when you look at everything the Beyond School Bells initiative has been

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Nebraska’s ELO Design Challenge: Opening New Doors to Learning

Opportunity knocked. Beyond School Bells and a strong coalition of districts and partners from around the state responded. Beyond School Bells (BSB), a public-private partnership at Nebraska Children, is proud to be a lead partner in Nebraska’s Expanded Learning Opportunity

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Beyond School Bells unveils mobile maker lab in Nebraska

Beyond School Bells, a collaboration of Nebraska Children, recently unveiled TMC Labs. TMC (Think, Make, Create) labs is a 6’x12′ trailer that houses hands-on, interactive learning resources in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. We delivered the TMC Labs

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Beyond School Bells receives Ron Raikes Innovation for Opportunity Award

Jeff Cole of Nebraska Children and the Beyond School Bells collaboration were recently selected as the first recipient of the Ron Raikes Innovation for Opportunity Award. The award was given at a statewide ARKSARBEN recognition event at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney on

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ELO Success in Chadron

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are expanding horizons for students in Chadron. The afterschool and summer learning programs tap the community’s business, university and extension learning resources to enrich student experiences and improve classroom performance.

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ELO Success in Crete

Amazing things are happening in the afterschool and summer programs in Crete. Kids are learning music, robotics, cooking, performing arts and lab science . . . all while getting extra homework help to boost their classroom performance.

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