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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Dance, Education, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The Arts have a unique ability to engage and motivate children. The mission of Kids Excel El Paso is to use its distinctive dance programs to help children develop discipline, a standard or excellence, and self-confidence that will positively impact their education and all aspects of their lives - one dance step at a time!

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2200 children are participating in the 10-11 school year in 30 weekly classes for the entire 4th grade.

Geographic areas served: El Paso County

Programs: In-School classes for the entire 4th grade. Kids Excel is not a pull out program.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cheryl27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a day and age when teaching is done to pass the TAKS test( Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) and 1 of 7 low-income, preschool-aged children is obese, Kids Excel is our answer. Children who participate in the program learn positive self image, physical cognitive skills, never give up attitude and a real love for learning. By attending the classes, performing at the assemblies, and show performances the children gain a powerful approach to learning determination, discipline, excellence and teamwork. Positive attention from peers, parents, and community members reinforces all that the children learn along the way.

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Kids Excel El Paso 03/02/2012

You really GET the program and the intentions behind it. :D

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Kids Excel El Paso 02/10/2011

Dear Parent of Tippin student. I am so happy to hear that you and your child are enjoying the program. We strive to teach the children to reach for excellence in all things they do, not just dancing, but every aspect of their lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Hi Mr. Gibson, Thanks for the wonderful review! I must say, however, that it is teachers like you who make our work successful. Your support and enthusiasm create value for the children who participate by letting them know that you think Kids Excel is important. Thanks! Gemtria

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Kids Excel Educational Program (KEEP) in early 2008. Since then, I have been volunteering on a weekly basis as an Assistant Teacher working directly with 4th graders of selected schools within the El Paso School district. Having been able to work directly with the Kids Excel children and staff has been a great and wonderful experience. The program stresses: work hard, never give up, and believe in your personal best. I have seen many children blossom under this program thanks to the dedication of the KEEP staff and the support of the teachers. The KEEP children learn to work in a team, to accept (more) responsibilities and to push themselves beyond their “comfort zones”. The KEEP program is very needed in El Paso which – as a border town – faces many challenges. Education is key in the development of the future leaders of El Paso and KEEP is a great supporter of this cause.