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New Jersey After 3 Students Step It Up!

Friday, June 13, 2008 General News J E 4
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 12 New Jersey After 3 (NJA3),statewide afterschool program dedicated to expanding afterschool opportunitiesfor New Jersey's kids, hosted its 2nd Annual Step Exhibition on Saturday atThe College Avenue Gymnasium at Rutgers University. Thanks to generousfunding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- New Jersey HealthInitiative, and event sponsor -- AmeriGroup, approximately 500 afterschoolstudents from 26 afterschool sites throughout New Jersey participated at theevent.

The exhibition showcased the skills learned and developed from trainingwith #1 Step Choreographer in the nation, Jessica Morales, who was featured onMTV's "True Life: I'm Stepping", as she became #1 Step Choreographer in thenation by winning the National Championship with her team in January 2007.

The NJA3 Stepping Program was instituted in partnership with RemoProduction, as part of New Jersey After 3's broader Kid Fit Initiative --aimed at reducing childhood obesity and increasing children's physicalactivity levels. In addition to learning the art of stepping, it has alsohelped students to facilitate important character building components, such asself-esteem, discipline, conflict resolution and teamwork.

"NJ After 3's stepping program is quickly sweeping across New Jersey asTHE place to be during afterschool hours," stated Mark Valli, President & CEOof NJ After 3. "According to program staff, their NJ After 3 stepping programsare generating a real interest from the community and even contributing to anincrease in their attendance numbers. Stepping is a great fun way for studentsto build character, self-esteem, discipline, and as evident in theirperformances today -- teamwork. What's even more remarkable is that they aregoing home afterschool and sharing their moves to step up family fun time!"

SOURCE New Jersey After 3
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