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February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

Kids Excel is enriching the lives of our students at Tippin Elementary on a weekly basis. The performance I have witnessed was filled with fun, movement and enthusiasm. The lessons I saw were very meanful - true life lessons for our kids. My daughter loves participating in KidsExcel.

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my child's postive behavior and positive reaction after a Kids Excel lesson at her school.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer this program to all grades at our school.

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

Wow, what a fun and exciting program! The Kids EXCEL is everything you could hope for an interactive learning program for kids! I love to see them learn and move! It takes advantage of so many bodies of research about the importance of movement, music and learning. I wish it was a program every 4th grader in our district could do! It is a WONDERFUL resource!

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By interacting with our students across the district

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

it would be available to all 4th graders in the El Paso ISD!

January 11, 2011

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January 11, 2011

My experience with Kids Excel El Paso was amazing!!! As an educator it is very difficult to get kids interested and involved with anything, but my students loved this program. They looked forward to it every week. I have seen my students truly blossom because of this program. Even my shyest and quietest students came out of their shells. The best part is that not only are the kids active, they are also learning valuable skills such as respect, dedication, and hard work. What really blew me away was the way Kids Excel integrates state curriculum into their program, so students get to strengthen and practice the skills they have already learned in the classroom. Overall, Kids Excel was a very memorable and rewarding experience for everyone. I am looking forward to doing it again next year!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the school I work at with my students

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have smaller groups of students at each session and then the big group at the end have more challenges/face offs among the students

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

smaller groups at a time

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

yes

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

very proud

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 10, 2011

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January 10, 2011

I have seen a change in my students since we started the program in September. One student stands out the most, a resource student. It began slowly, but his memory, coordination, confidence, maturity and attention span in the classroom is showing such giant leaps. Even his handwriting is improving. All the students love the program and they are all showing inprove skills int the classroom. It should be in all schools. Our students do not have the opportunity to participate in many outside school activities because of costs, this program gives them the chance. It is definately a confidence builder and they love the presenters! It is such a pleasure to watch the kids and how they respond to live music. We need the grant to keep this program alive in our schools!

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I've seen a great inprovement in my student in the classroom. Their memory, listening skills, and confidence seens to have improved.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know that I would change anything, other than give them more money so all schools could experience this program.

January 10, 2011

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January 10, 2011

What a wonderful program! I can't say enough about it. I am a teacher at Putnam Elementary. Kids EXCEL started last year (2009-2010), and our school was fortunate enough to get to go to The Plaza Theater to perform. The majority of these students had never even seen the theater before, but to get to actually be on the stage with an audience was an experience they will never forget.
My students look forward to Kids EXCEL every week. It teaches them discipline, listening skills, the ability to follow directions, and gives them much needed exercise in a very fun way. Our weeks consist of testing, testing, and more testing. This is a program that gives them a break from that monotonous routine. These students are missing out on the arts because of TAKS, benchmarks, and weekly assessments. This is their one reprieve.


Kim Jimerson
4th Grade Teacher
Putnam

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I truly feel that the reason our orchestra in the 5th grade is so large this year because of their experience last year in Kids EXCEL. We acually have 2 orchestra classes in the 5th grade instead of 1! Thanks to our sponsers. Every child in the fourth grade should have this opportunity.

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I think the program is very successful as it is. I would like to see it in every EPISD school.

January 9, 2011

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January 9, 2011

It's wonderful to see the growth and break throughs in each child involved in this program. These children create maturity within themselves by being challenged and having a sense of accomplishment. Kids excel provides these rewards that are needed at this age level.

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I have only been involved with Kids Excel within this past year, but I have already seen maturity and determination grown in these kids. These kids need a good challenge and Kids Excel is that perfect challenge.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have the classes in both english and spanish

January 7, 2011

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January 7, 2011

There are few organizations that are of the same caliber as KIDS EXCEL. Going above and beyond does not portray an accurate picture of the hard work and dedication that the staff at Kids Excel provides for the children they serve.. The reputation of Kids Excel precedes them, parents, custodians and teachers are quick to point out that the staff is not only compassionate but dependable and reliable as well. The Kids Excel team posses a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, that is shared with all never expecting anything in return. They exhibit’s nothing other than a total commitment to any endeavor they are a part of. The team works hard to ensure students always perform in a commendable fashion and their work is nothing but high quality. The Kids Excel mantra is never give up and always do your personal best. They have made a lasting impact on all of our students and now even students who face many tough challenges never give up and always ensure to do their personal best! Kids Excels enthusiasm and passion for children has left a lasting impact on not only the staff, students, teachers but the parents as well. Kids Excel is a top notch organization! .

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KIDS EXCEL has made our students more successful!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more resources to impact a larger number of children.

January 7, 2011

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January 7, 2011

This is a wonderful program for the elementary students. To see their self esteem boost and the theatrical skills really help these students
come closer to their full educational potential. It just makes us smile!

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my child. She had some shyness issues but not that much any more.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it for all students in the appropriate grade level.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

As a teacher and a parent, I can attest to the positive benefits of the KEEP program. I was VERY skeptical at first. I'm a male teacher and my son was going to be doing the program. I didn't quite like the idea of my learning "dance" for 45 minutes a week.
However, after sitting in on every
practice and watching the rehearsals and the final performances, I can't properly express how much I appreciate the program. I love the people involved and the smiles on all of the students' faces after each practice. The students always came from practice refreshed and ready to work. I had the best TAKS scores I've ever had last year (the first year of the program at our school). I feel that having this program was a factor in that.
All fourth graders need to experience this wonderful program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my experience as a parent and teacher. I taught my son's 4th grade math and science class last year. I had the pleasure of experiencing every practice, rehearsal and performance with my son as his teacher and father.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it available to all 4th grade students in every school. There is not one thing negative about this program. All logistical aspects are handled by the Kids Excel staff. What they bring to any educational organization adds positive "vibes" to all involved. To not be able to say anything negative about this program is THE perfect reason to make it a part of every campus.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

Kids Excel of El Paso has positively impacted more than two hundred of our students in just two years. Our fourth graders have benefited physically, emotionally, and academically from dance. The learn that progress and acquiring a new skill takes discipline, effort, and a good attitude. The staff is highly professional and reliable. We are blessed to have them in El Paso!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The joy and progress of our children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand and make it available to all students from all ages.

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