Microsoft Hosting Free Summer Camp Programs

Microsoft is offering free technology summer camps to kids at their retail stores across the country. Students can take classes on movies, digital arts and gaming. The camps are offered to kids ages 8-13.  And (drum roll) registration is free! To learn more, visit the Microsoft Summer Camp Website (http://content.microsoftstore.com/store/SummerCamp).

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Balance: Reason #3 Why Afterschool Activities Are Important

Jabari Parker is the best high school basketball player in the country. He also is an A student, attends bible study every morning before class, and spends quality time with his family. Not bad for a kid who scouts predict will be one of the top 5 players in the NBA. Learn more about how this 17 year old achieves balance by watching this video on Time.com.

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New Experiences: Reason #2 Why Afterschool Activities Are Important

Check out this afterschool program  in Compton, CA. Hundreds of kids – from ages 5 and up – learn to fly…and for free at Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum.

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Shared Experiences: Reason #1 Why Afterschool Activities Are Important

EXCERPT FROM BIG (1988)

MR. M: Piano lessons?

JOSH:  Three years.

MR. M: Me too. Everyday, after school….Chopsticks….What department did you say you were in?

JOSH: Oh, I’m in computers.

The Rising Costs of Sports for Generation Z

In a recent TIME article, Doug Glanville of ESPN (and former MLB player) explained the epidemic confronting parents when paying for their children’s athletic activities. Relying on Mark Hyman’s research in “The Most Expensive Game in Town,” Glanville highlights the dilemmas faced by moms and dads, the misconceptions of families that a child may become a professional athlete and the outlandish costs for premier instruction.  A parent, for example, may spend $55,000 a year at IMG Golf Academy or $700 an hour for a private quarterback coach.  While reading the article, a parent cannot help but wish there was a resource to discover more affordable opportunities for the next generation…

Soon, there will be: Afterschool.me

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