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January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I was first introduced to Kids Excel in 2009. I was not exactly sure what the program was all about but I did know that our school lacked opportunities for our students to be involved in theatre and music. My students have not only been exposed to music, dance, theatre, and performance they have been given life long skills that they will utilize through out their lives. The enthusiasm and positive attitude the Kids Excel staff demostrates is amazing and infectious. Our students look forward to Kids Excel weekly. This program has generated an excitment not only among the 4th graders that participate but amongst the lower grades who look forward to being part of a such a phenomenal program. Having music & physical activity in students lives is a key component to their academic success, I am grateful for all that Kids Excel has brought to our campus and our students lives. During our performances our community is simply in "AWE" of what our 4th graders are able to do. Parents continuously share with me postive comments such as "we love it, our kid loves it", "this is great", "I wish we had this back when I was at school", these are only a few of the comments I have heard from parents.

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Watching my studnets excel in performance and academics. I have personally watched shy, introverted children come out of their shells when they participate in Kids Excel.

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I would love to have them at our campus daily. Their energy and positive attitude is infectious!

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I am a principal of a shcool where we have the Kids EXCEL program. I had the program for about 5 years and it has been a great success. Students learn so much from it and apply what they learn in all areas of their lives. It is a great pleasure to have them and will recommend the program to any school or organization that works with kids.

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My introduction to Kids Excel was in the 2009-10 school year when Putnam Elementary was added though a very generous donation. Most of our students are low income and have few experiences with the arts, especially, dance. Kids Excel teaches excellence through dance. The fourth grade students who participate are passionate about the program. This passion is translated into other areas of their lives. Amazingly, some of the students who are "discipline problems" thrive in Kids Excel. Once they experience success is dance, their lives are transformed. The program incorporates value themes into the dance lessons. It contributes to a healthy, stimulating school climate. Thank you Kids Excel!

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Watching the students perform at the Plaza Theater at the end of the year was a miracle for the audience and the students.

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Offer it to every school in El Paso County

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

I first saw Kid's Excel perform at a district wide Principal's meeting. The students were from a campus I was previously a Principal at. I was thrilled at seeing them rise to a high level of performance. They had matured so much since I had seen them the year before, and I credited
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participation in Kid's Excel to a large degree.

Now as a Principal at a different campus where Kid's Excel works, I see the same maturity in our students. I have also observed that our children have so much more confidence in themselves. They present in front of cafeteria size audiences with little problem.

I will continue providing my fourth grade students with these experiences and highly encourage other Principals to allow their students to participate.

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Students interact with adults in a more mature manner.

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Allow third, fourth AND fifth graders to participate for three years in a row.

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January 5, 2011

I am a 4th grade teacher at an elementary school in El Paso, TX. We have had the Kids Excel El Paso program at our school since the 2005-2006 school year. The program is such a high point of every week for our students and teachers. We have no art or music teacher for 4th grade, so KEEP is basically the only fine arts curriculum our students receive other than small things the classroom teachers do. The program stresses the importance of never giving up, doing your personal best, and working hard in KEEP class as well as in all areas of your life. I personally stress these traits in my classroom every day and tell my students that is what I do every day of my life as well. Not only is the class a blast for the kids, it boosts their self esteem and team building skills. I LOVE Kids Excel and all of its staff members!

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My students have really responded to the positivity of the KEEP program. Coming from low socio-economic status, many of our students do not have the opportunity to participate in "extra" activities such as music or dance classes. It has also helped eliminate the "macho" attitudes of some of the boys. The boys seem to especially love KEEP!

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Expand to all schools in the district.

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