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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Hi Gina, I wish we could come daily, too! So many 4th graders in El Paso and so little time:D Always my best, Gemtria

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Bertha, It is a pleasure to be at your school. We love working with your teachers and students each year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Nancy, We LOVE working at your school with your teachers and students. Thanks for all you do! Gemtria

Client Served

Rating: 4

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
their 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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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Alicia, Wouldn't that be nice if we could serve more children at your school. Maybe someday we will find a way to serve all the 4th graders in El Paso, and then we can expand to other grade levels!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Dear futurelibrarian, Our staff has enjoyed working with the 4th grade teachers and students at your school very much. (yes, I know who you are). Thanks for all you do to make the program a success for your students. Best, Gemtria