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Exploring the Benefits of After-School Activities
Opportunites abound in our area.

by Staff

“The best soccer programs encourage kids to play with freedom and risk taking. In that setting a kid can explore their potential and find their love for the game.”
Paul Tanimae

“Singing in a choir engages the development of social and emotional skills, improves self-esteem, confidence and well-being, and enables children of different ages, backgrounds and abilities to create something unique together.”
Polly Murray
Founder/Artistic Director
ChildrenSong of New Jersey

“Dancing builds confidence along with expanding social skills. Incorporating fun into learning Dance Craze allows students to express themselves in a positive, safe and artistic way.”
Carla Bellucci
Director and Choreographer
Dance Craze

“Learning music expands the brain’s capacity for memory, reduces stress and anxiety in all ages, and creates an activity that can be maintained for our entire lives.”
Rob Bradshaw
Haddonfield School of Music

“Researchers have linked involvement in the arts to better child development and higher achievement.
Mainstage offers improved confidence and self-presentation skills, enhances problem solving, gives children a medium for self-expression and develops empathy and compassion.”
Ed Fiscella
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Mainstage Center for the Arts

“Dance makes a great after-school activity. It offers children the chance to have fun, along with the many benefits of music, physical fitness and feeling comforted in a class with all their friends and a caring teacher.”
Kim Farmer
Owner and Artistic Director
Mulford Dance Studio

“Over and above learning to play an instrument, music helps students focus, understand math, improve social skills and boost self-confidence. We offer lessons on all instruments and voice at three locations.”
John Yakabosky
Old Towne Music

“STEM programs help children of all ages by encouraging experimentation, teamwork and problem-solving while encouraging a better understanding of technology. STEM programs teach critical thinking and innovation all while students are having fun and learning.”
John Grater
Director/ Partner
Robotech Educational Services

“Hands-on experience in a professional-grade lab space provides students the opportunity to expand their curiosity about science through experiments and cutting-edge surgical workshops while learning new skills that can be used to develop their future careers.”
Dr. Yajamana Ramu
Chief Scientific Officer
Yard Sciences

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 5 (August 2021).
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