Celebrating National Best Friends Day


For National Best Friends day, we’re sharing a video created by Casey, in her Action Team News Class in our After School Program. Casey interviewed people at AFS about who their best friends are in the program. She presented this project at the end of semester show.

How did this incredibly cute news video come about?

Bridget Badore has been teaching photography and art-based classes in the After School Program since 2013, and developed the AFS Action Team News class last year when students expressed interest in creating videos and reporting on what happens at After School. Inspired by her Photojournalism unit at New Country Day Camp, which she helped crate and introduce to camp in 2014, Bridget created an 8-week curriculum where kids in grades 2 through 5 can investigate, interview, and report on elements of the 14th Street Y’s After School Program. At the end of the semester, news reports are shown to their families and peers during the end of semester show.

Many children choose another class to focus their reporting on — Cooking, Gaga, Art with Eve, and Pinewood Derby are crowd favorites — but some students choose to take an individualized approach and come up with their own theme. Casey, featured above, reported on the theme of best friends in the After School Program. She spent weeks interviewing her peers, fellow After Schoolers and even a few teachers.


Learn more about the amazing 14th Street Y’s After School Program here