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We believe children are more likely to remain active throughout their life if they participate in regular physical activity they enjoy.

Picture courtesy of mlive.

Picture courtesy of mlive.

Routine physical activity during their formative years will have a long term positive impact on their health.  By supporting United Way of Jackson County you make it possible for children from less fortunate families to have access to regular dance classes through the Jackson School of the Arts.  Classes are based on a sliding fee and have professional instructors.  Last year 398 children were able to participate in dance classes who otherwise would not have been able to afford it.  Olivia’s story is just one of many that show the IMPACT your support is making in our community.

Olivia’s dad hasn’t been home for six months.  He has missed so many things in her young life.    He is among the men and women who are serving in the military.  Olivia loves her dad to the end of the earth and she misses him so much when he is gone.  He was home on leave for a short period and was making up as much time as possible.  He’s heard of how much she loves her dance classes and he was looking forward to seeing her first ever performance.  The big day was coming up but his orders were to leave the morning of the recital.  The Jackson School of the Arts has a strict policy to never let parents in to watch the rehearsal.  For this family they made an exception.  Olivia’s mom and dad sat next to each other and watched their daughter dance.  They were filled with pride and thankful for the opportunity to watch their baby girl dance.  Afterwards, he thanked the Jackson School of the Arts not only for the chance to see his daughter perform but for the affordable classes that Olivia looked forward to every week.

Your support makes it possible for children from low income households to have access to the arts, physical activity with structure and mentorship.  We want to set the foundation for the children of our community to develop a healthy lifestyle.

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