There is no denying the social and economic impact enrichment has had on the nation.  Study after study has been published, extolling the virtues of enrichment and the positive influence it has had in the lives of countless students and communities.  Enrichment has been credited with helping lower truancy and crime rates by school age children, raising grades and elevating scores on standardized tests, employing thousands of teachers, program providers, and pumping an average of 35 to 40 billion dollars annually into the U.S. economy.


The true impact of enrichment isn’t found in statistics, facts and figures.  It’s found at ground level, in the classrooms, in hearts and minds.  You can see it in the faces of children when an art class opens up a whole new world to them.  You can see it in the teacher who realizes the guidance and direction they have given could make all the difference in a child’s life.  You can hear it in the voice of the working parent who is relieved to know their child has a safe, positive, and nurturing place to go for a few hours after school.



Due to school budget cuts and other economic constraints, school officials have been forced to cut back or completely eliminate classes in the arts, sports, sciences, music, foreign language, computer, and humanities from their in school curriculums – while focusing primarily on reading, writing and arithmetic.   Ironically enough, math and reading test scores have been negatively impacted as schools are moving away from providing balanced, well-rounded curriculums. Essentially, this void has paved the way for private industry and enrichment programs to pick up where the schools and school districts have left off.


“Students who studied arts and music scored significantly higher than the national
average on the Scholastic Aptitude Test.  Students who had participated in acting, play production, music performance and appreciation, drama appreciation and art history scored an average of 31 to 50 points higher for the math and verbal sections.”                                                              
College Entrance Examination Board



The world of enrichment has the unique ability to bring together a wide variety of people and age groups.  Functioning outside the bounds of regular school curriculum, children, parents, grandparents, school administrators, teachers, volunteers and a host of others get the opportunity to experience and participate in fields outside of their normal day to day routines. 


The culture of enrichment truly is changing the face of education today.

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