On September 13th and 14th Woodcraft Rangers youth folklorico and mariachi clubs from State Street Elementary and Middleton Elementary gave a captivating performance at Olvera Street during the Fiestas Patrias festival. Over 60 youth musicians and dancers from the Woodcraft's NVISION after school programs gave the huge crowd an incredible show this past weekend.
With Mexican Independence Day being one the most significant holidays in the Latino culture, Olvera Street was full to capacity with over 200,000 plus in attendance for the festival. The kids kept the crowd entertained with their colorful dresses and talented musical skills as asking for encore performances. CEO Chris Johnson said, "It is great to see the youth perform at the cultural and community events. Through our NVISION after school programs, our youth develop these social and cognitive skills that will help them not only during presentations but extend into the classroom as well."
State Street Elementary Principal Pamela Robertson adds, "Woodcraft Rangers has become an important staple in our school community that benefits our students at State Street Elementary School. Our students have the opportunity to be enriched in activities that our school, in such high-stakes assessment times, may not have the time to teach." NVISION programs provide support to the school day extending into after school.
Through their curriculums supporting the school day extending into after school, Woodcraft Rangers allow youth to find their talents and skills through expanded learning in after school and grow into courageous innovators. Emphasizing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), their customized programs allow students to expand learning into after school programming while engaging in activities such as cultural dances and music.
Woodcraft Rangers' NVISION after school programs provide services to over 60 schools and over 14,000 youth yearly adding to the 1.1 million youth served since inception.