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Adopt-A-School Program and Move/Dance! Project

With seed funding from Wells Fargo, Target and Public Supermarket Charities NBAF has launched a new program and “adopted’ the Sylvan Hills Middle School, working closely with the principal and teachers to establish a deep and sustained partnership based on collaboratively defined needs, structure, approach, performance/success metrics and outcomes that best supports the school’s academic, health and arts education goals.

Move/Dance! is an interventionist project that marries the creative arts with the health and wellness of our children and by extension their families. Given limited access and resources for arts education and physical education, through this program NBAF offers much-needed resources to Atlanta’s public schools. Over 90 students from 6th to 8th grades participated in the project in the first year.

The Move/Dance! project offers an exercise and health and wellness component, a new curriculum on the history of Black dance, dance instruction by local teaching artists, a dance competition to create and publicly present a new form of dance and scholarships linked to a small-scale financial literacy “grow your future fund” component. The project is designed to have a measurable impact on the school, specifically on academic achievement, arts education and appreciation, the health of the students and their families.

The program and project will be replicated within Atlanta and throughout the region.