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Finding a healthy rhythm in life

Kerryn Graham wants the best for her children. But, as any parent knows, it can be hard to give your kids everything they need for a good start in life.

Studies show, for instance, that creative and recreational activities, after-school programs and summer camps greatly improve the academic performance, self-confidence and social skills of children. Unfortunately, many kids simply don’t have access to quality programs, which can negatively impact their well-being for the rest of their lives.

That’s why, with your generous support, United Way invests in programs that give kids in our community every chance to thrive.

For Kerryn’s 11-year-old son, Clarke, that brighter future comes, in part, from music lessons offered at a United Way agency, where he also attends an art and music camp. “I never thought I’d play the drums,” says Clarke of his new favourite activity.

Kerryn is equally thrilled, especially about the level of responsibility it has instilled in her son. “We’ve seen a lot of changes in him,” she says. “Playing music takes a lot of practice. He’s learned to be patient and not give up. He’s discovered a new sense of self-confidence, which will serve him well for the future.”

Experiences like this are just one of the reasons that supporting kids—educationally, creatively and socially—is at the heart of United Way’s community-building work, ensuring that no one gets left behind.

Clarke is just one example of this work. Proof that your support can help kids in our community find a positive rhythm in life.

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