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Students participating in SHINE activities

COVID-19 Resources

Education Resources

Parents and guardians can help improve the development of their child(ren)’s literacy skills by talking to them, listening to them, reading to them and writing with them. Planting the seed of knowledge will help your child(ren) grow into curious thinkers, readers, and writers.

  • PBS
    • PBS provides parents and guardians with articles, games for your child(ren) and literacy activities.
  • Reading Rocket
    • Parents and Guardians looking to improve their child(ren)’s reading and writing skills should visit Reading Rockets for important building blocks, including sounds, print awareness, letters and more. The website provides short videos, booklists, and guidance on child development.
  • Dolly Parton on Imagination Library
    • Dolly Parton will read children's books at bedtime on the Imagination Library over the next ten weeks beginning Thursday April 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Imagination Library
    • Parents can register through the United Way (on this website) to receive free, high-quality books for children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family's income.
  • Reading IQ
    • Thousands of English and Spanish level books for student’s preschool through 6th grade. This site is for parents and teachers to easily assign books and monitor their children's progress
  • Circle Round
    • Read alongs, storybooks, and coloring sheets 
  • Flocabulary
    • Free vocabulary list for grades K-8th
  • Reading ECD
    • Student activities available in English and Spanish
    • Lesson plans, activity guides, and student videos
    • Reading Resources
    • “Into the book” activity to help improve elementary students’ reading comprehension, as well as their ability to think and learn across the curriculum
  • Starfall
    • For grades Pre-K-3rd
    • Create custom worksheets focusing on high frequency words, letter formation, and blending as well as word graphs
    • Custom math worksheets focusing on counting, measurable attributes, and operators & operands
    • ABC pages, writing journal, books, puzzle, etc.
  • Highlight Kids
    • Articles for parents with specific age groups
    • Blogs, videos and tips to help connect, and support your child
    • Can purchase learning packets/magazines to help your child learn 
    • Provides more than 400 fun and educational games for grade Pre-K through 6th
    • Educational games are designed by grade and subject and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, and pattern recognition 
  • EPic!
    • Website provides a free digital library or students 12 and under
    • Free for 30 days with sign-up 
  • Storyline
    • iPad or Android app
    • Activities and resources for families
    • Read aloud books
    • Free resources
  • ESpark
    • Free, no commitment
    • Grades K-5
    • Provides online resources in math and reading
    • Provides assessment, direct instruction, and practice to help students learn and master new skills
  • Khan Academy
    • Sign up for a free account
    • Free online courses, lessons and practice for students in K-12. 
  • ELA Math
    • K-8th grade
    • Curriculum Associates that provides printable packets
    • Available in Spanish and English
    • Free because of school closures
  • Figure This! (NCTM Family Math Challenges)
    • Grades 5th-9th
    • Intended for Middle School students
    • Available in English and Spanish
    • Printable math challenges
  • Math Games with a Pair of Dice
    • Grades K-2nd o Review basic math concepts
    • May need a printer for some of the activities 
  • Math Games with a Deck of Cards
    • Grades 1st-5th
    • Math skill review games that can be played with a deck of regular cards.
  • Math Score
    • Grades K-8th
    • Math Score helps students acquire a deep understanding of math by providing adaptive math practice that functions like self-guided lessons.
  • Fun Brain
    • Pre-K-8th
    • Reading, videos, and math included
    • Free worksheets and books online
  • TED-ED Lessons
    • Short 6-8 videos for upper elementary and middle school students o Provides discussion questions 
  • UGI - Energy Safe Kids
    • UGI website
    • Encourages children to make wise choice with natural gas and electricity in their homes and teaches them what to do to prevent, an if they see, outside hazards.
    • Empowers children to teach their families how to be safe as well.
  • Coding
    • Offers step by step instruction to help kids learn how coding works and learn about a variety of computer science concepts, ranging from fundamental principles to algorithms, nested loops, conditional, and functions.
    • Free (requires registration and sign in with a user name) 
  • Smithsonian Education Students
    • Ages 5 and up
    • Provides lesson and information on specific subjects related to science, history, and culture
    • Games, articles, and experiments 
  • Switch Zoo
    • Students can enjoy exploring animal-themed games and activities and learn about animal characteristics and habitats
    • Lesson plans
    • Map of endangered species of each state 
  • National Geographic Kids
    • Worksheets on mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, & fish
    • Videos on facts about animals
    • Exploring books, science, space, etc.
    • Quizzes on the topics
  • NASA
    • Educational games and homework help with STEM activities
    • Podcasts
    • Popular eBook available
    • Solve Challenges
  • Left Brain
    • 28 days of STEM activities free to access
    • Left Brain Craft Brain also offers 5 minute crafts, and online STEM books. They also have an online magazine that includes hands-on activities, and other exciting activities that your kids will love! 
  • Art and Culture Google
    • Free app/website that gives virtual tours
    • Explore museums and monuments 
  • 360 Cities
    • 360 degree videos that allows you to explore different locations all over the world.
    • Available in English or Spanish
    • Allows students and educators to experience a virtual reality that will turn readers into engaged viewers. 
  • Smart History
    • Enormous digital museum
    • Text, videos, podcast, and images
    • Provides free online art history resources for students
  • National Geographic 360
    • This site provides educational documentaries of places all around the world
    • Allows children to explore the videos in 360 degrees as it is playing
  • SAAM
    • Ages 8 and up
    • Learn about famous art and artists
  • WVIA educational Programs from 1-4 p.m.
  • Common Sense Media
    • Rates movies, TV shows, and books so parents feel good about the entertainment choice they make for their child(ren)
    • Spanish Program that creates culturally relevant content for Spanish speaking families
    • Helps educate children on the digital citizenship
    • Teaches children to make smart choices online and in life
  • Novel Effect
    • Download free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store
    • This app provides a remote learning resource that provides read along stories and activities that come with worksheets. It allows children to bring the story to life with voice driven experiences.
  • PBS KIDS Video
    • Ages 3 and up
    • Free for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle
    • Educational app for kids to watch a variety of clips from more than a dozen PBS Kids shows
  • NASA Official App
    • Free for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
    • Provide information about the U.S. space program and astronomy
    • New information is added daily from variety of NASA sources
  • Dinosaurs: The American Museum of National History Collection
    • Ages 8 and up o Free for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
    • Dino trivia, facts about Dinosaurs, sounds, etc. 

Community Resources

Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  • Bread and Produce Giveaway
    • Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be having a bread and produce giveaway every Thursday starting at 10:00 a.m. There will be a quick registration process when you arrive, so please be sure to bring proof of address, identification for all who live in the household. Mt Zion Baptist Church is located at 105 Hill Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702. If you or someone else, you know is in need of food, please know there are many options for food security and we will continue to update you as these things are brought to our attention. We wish nothing but happiness and health to you and your family during these challenging times. 
  • Food Pantry
    • More variety of food 
    • Mt. Zion will distribute bags or boxes of food directly to those in need who reside in Luzerne County 
    • 105 Hill Street, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
    • Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am-1:00pm 


  • Breakfast and lunches will be available grab and go drive-thru style Monday, Wednesday and Friday 
  • When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
  • Where: Apollo Circle in Nanticoke, the GNA High School bus port, the Tilbury Fire hall in Plymouth Twp., the firehouse in the Hanover section of Nanticoke and the American Legion in Glen Lyon. 


  • Bagged lunches will include breakfast item and are available to all students 
  • When: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday 
  • Locations: Entrance to Stoney Ridge Apartments, entrance to Dundee Apartments, high school back parking lot, Memorial Elementary School parking lot, Lee Park Elementary School playground, Lynwood Elementary School playground. 


  • When: 11:30 a..m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday 
  • Locations: Maple Manor, Heights-Terrace and Valley. 


  • Starting Tuesday, March 17, all caregivers and families may drive-through and pick up meals for their children. Meals will be given to children through age 18 who are present in the vehicle. No congregating at the location is permitted. 
  • When: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Where: High school bus drop located at the rear of the high school, the intermediate center bus drop at the front of the building and the front student drop off at the primary center. 


  • Grab and go lunches will be available throughout the district’s closure. 
  • When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • Locations: Dodson Elementary, Coughlin High School (annex), Flood Elementary, GAR Memorial High School, Heights Elementary, Kistler Elementary, Mackin Elementary and Solomon Elementary. 


  • Bagged lunches are available to any student in the district 
  • When: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Weekdays beginning Tuesday until March 27 
  • Locations: High school, middle school, State Street Elementary and Dana Street Elementary 


We are sharing the schedule for virtual Alcohol Anonymous (AA) meetings available online and through Zoom.

  • NEPA IG Zoom Meetings | Alcoholics Anonymous - How to Join
    • Download Zoom App
    • Click 'Join a Meeting'
    • Enter code next to meeting name on this list (8 or 9 digits)
  • Daily 7 a.m. Eye Openers
    • 355 517 917
  • Morning Zoom
    • 775 294 036
  • His Will
    • 518 411 155
  • Tradition 3
    • 618 798 106
  • 9 a.m. Daily Reflections
    • 288 180 969
  • 10:30 a.m. We Are Not Saints
    • 912 241 9829
  • 11:00 a.m. Women’s Midmorning Sanity
    • 921 211 188
  • 12:00 p.m. Noon in Zoom (Noon in Bloom)
    • 416 544 4096
  • Nooner
    • 237 891 6742
  • 12:30 p.m. Reaching Out
    • 738 986 0784
  • (Every day but Saturdays) 1:00 p.m. Gratitude
    • 288 180 969
  • 6:30 p.m. Reaching Out
    • 738 986 0784
  • (Every day but Wednesdays) 7 p.m. RidgeRunners
    • 348 076 4589
  • 8 p.m. The Power of We
    • 337 060 992
  • Big Book
    • 288 180 969
  • 9 p.m. Speaker
    • 288 180 969
  • 11 p.m. 12&12
    • 288 180 969
  • Sunday 8:30 a.m. Men's Meeting
    • 729 076 230
  • 9 a.m. Upper Hill
    • 315 904 1864
  • 10 a.m. Wyoming Area Recovery (WAR)
    • 360 151 3134
  • 2:00 p.m. GEM Group
    • 281 816 505
  • 6:00 p.m. 1st Step
    • 288 180 969
  • 6:30 p.m. Heart and Soul Women’s Group
    • 675 043 8674
  • Junction Group
    • 417 856 212
  • 7 p.m. We Are Not Saints (Tunk)
    • 937 653 0440
  • Back to Basic
    • 317 545 535
  • Dunmore group
    • 317 846 8937
  • 8 p.m. New Vista
    • 184 885 195
  • Monday 7 a.m. Waverly Main St
    • 790 999 1101
  • 12 p.m. KISS
    • 677 076 3320
  • 2:30 p.m. Check In
    • 912 241 9829
  • 5:30 p.m. We Are Not Saints
    • 912 241 9829
  • KISS
    • 677 076 3320
  • 6:30 p.m. New Visions of Hope
    • 902 904 9184
  • Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book
    • 466 477 849
  • Tuesday 7 a.m. Recovery Rises
    • 634 279 856
  • 12:10-12:50 PM Recovery Bank
    • 973 082 487
  • 6:30 p.m. Heart and Soul Women’s Group
    • 675 043 8674
  • 7 p.m. Primary Purpose Group
    • 574 214 263
  • Sober Sisters
    • 753 936 7078
  • Women's Meditation 7:30 p.m. Rule
    • 62 723 744 0123
  • 8 p.m. New Vista
    • 184 885 195
  • Wednesday 12 p.m. KISS
    • 677 076 3320
  • 5:30 p.m. Upper Hill
    • 315 904 1864
  • KISS
    • 677 076 3320
  • Nay Aug
    • 315 904 1864
  • Thursday 6:30 p.m. Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book (12&12)
    • 896 982 342
  • Heart and Soul Women’s Group
    • 675 043 8674
  • 7 p.m. GEM Group
    • 633 153 128
  • Broad Highway
    • 459 704 9643
  • 8 p.m. New Vista
    • 184 885 195
  • Friday 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. KISS
    • 677 076 3320
  • 8 p.m. New Vista
    • 184 885 195
  • 11 p.m. Last Call
    • 808 952 7704
  • Saturday 7 p.m. Waverly Main Street
    • 790 999 1101
  • 9 a.m. Hard 2 B Humble
    • 782 014 8675
  • 10 a.m. Wyoming Area Recovery (WAR)
    • 360 151 3134 

What is SHINE?

SHINE is a STEAM project-based after school program for grades pre-k to 12 in six school districts throughout Luzerne County. The program runs from mid-September to May, Monday-Thursday, for approximately three hours per night. Students are provided with 25 minutes of homework assistance, a hot meal, and participate in 1.5-2 hours of a STEAM based project. Depending on the center’s location, students have the option of being transported to a bus stop near their home or can be picked up by an authorized adult at the center.

Each center is staffed with a minimum of three PA certified teachers and two teaching assistants. Students are referred into the program by their teachers and/or guidance counselors (see below for referral guidelines). It is a goal for students enrolled in the program to increase their academic skills, encourage interest in STEM based careers, improve attendance, and decrease negative behaviors. It is a goal for the student’s family to create a family educational plan, attend parent programs and family nights, volunteer in activities, participate in reading and computer literacy programs, college planning, workforce training, or career awareness courses.

  • Hanover Area Lee Park Elementary (Grades 1-4)
  • WBASD Heights Murray Elementary (Grades 1-4)
  • Kistler Elementary (Grades 1-4)
  • WVW State St. Elementary (Grades 1-5)
  • Pittston Area Elementary (Grades 1-4)
  • Hazleton Area Maple Manor (Grades 1-8)
  • Greater Nanticoke Area Elementary (Grades 1-5)
  • WBA Career & Tech Center Middle School Program (Grades 5-8 from above schools)

At Home Academic Readiness Sessions (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

This program provides Pre-K and Kindergarten students with in home tutoring visits three to four times per month to help prepare them academically and socially for Kindergarten and 1st grade. The program serves students from the aforementioned schools/districts. The Home Visitor will work with children on pre-academic goals and social skills needed for kindergarten along with hands-on STEAM based projects that will help to ease the transition into the next level of the SHINE program. This program not only supports the child, it also encourages parental involvement in their child’s educational development, and offers creative strategies that allow the parents to better assist their children academically. In addition, the in home academic readiness session program works with parents to create a Family Educational Plan that connects them with family literacy programs, computer training, Career Link, GED, ESL and college opportunities.

Elementary Program (1-4th grade)

SHINE elementary centers provide STEAM project based learning for students in grade 1-4 from the aforementioned schools/districts. Students in the elementary program are engaged with age-appropriate STEAM projects in areas such as robotics, 3D printing, creative writing, general science, meteorology, career exploration, and art. It is mandatory for elementary students to attend the program four days/week. 

Middle School Program (5-8th grade)

SHINE middle school programs operate at area Career & Technical Centers and serve students in 5th-8th grade from the aforementioned schools/districts. Students are exposed to careers of the future and real world applications of their academic skills through access to state of the art labs and technical areas. One of the main goals of the middle school program is to nurture excitement in STEAM fields where 80% of future careers will be.  Students will participate in STEAM activities such as robotics, 3D printing, GIS mapping, electrical circuitry, computer programming, carpentry, entrepreneurship, physics, environmental sustainability, architecture, and philanthropy. Middle school students must attend SHINE at least two days/week.

High School Mentoring Program (9-12th grade)

High school students in grades 9-12 can participate in the SHINE program as high school mentors. The students will take on a greater amount of responsibility at SHINE where they may assist SHINE teachers with homework or projects and will be a role model to the younger SHINE students. High school students do not have to be regular attendees and can volunteer their time at any of the SHINE elementary or middle school centers. SHINE staff encourages clubs, groups, or individuals in need of community service hours to enroll!

  1. To assist youth in meeting state standards for core academic subjects by providing students with academic enrichment opportunities before school, after school and during holidays or summer recess.
  2. To offer participants a broad array of other services and programs, such as art, music, recreation activities, character education, career and technical training, drug and violence prevention programming, and technology education.
  3. To provide educational services for families of participating students, such as literacy instruction, computer training and/or cultural enrichment.
  4. To ensure that both youth and their families have decision-making roles in the creation, operation and evaluation of every 21st CCLC in Pennsylvania.
  5. To mobilize school, community, and private sector social and health services support and resources in order to remove barriers that impede students’ learning

SHINE may be a beneficial program for students who are struggling with their academics, need additional support in STEAM subjects, and show a genuine interest in STEAM, regardless of economic background.

SHINE is part of the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, which is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The program provides federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, in order to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects such as reading, math and science. This program is also intended to offer students a broad array of activities and to include families and the community in the educational process.

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