Friday after-school time at Ella P. Stewart School is not dull. That’s the day students are learning to tap dance through the Kids Unlimited program. Two groups of students strap on their tap shoes, bought by volunteer teacher Kay Anderson, and their dancing attitudes, and learn while having lots of fun.
Kids Unlimited is an after-school program at eight central city schools. For eight years, the program has provided tutoring and mentoring to students. Volunteers work with team leaders and classroom teachers to stay informed about the students’ academic needs and to offer extra-curricular activities like the tap dancing classes to promote self-discipline and character development. Guest speakers reinforce the mission of the group.
Volunteer Coordinator Megan Reese notes that the group is always looking for adult volunteers. “We ask for only one hour per week. Our volunteers (aged 15-75) describe their time with the kids as the ‘highlight’ of their week. The kids realize quickly that somebody cares about their success and they respond. It is a win-win situation for everyone.”
Contact Reese at 419 841-0721. More information available at www.kidsunlimitedtoledo.org.