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The bonus of joining school clubs (besides just the fun!)

The bonus of joining school clubs (besides just the fun!)

M2L’s before-, during- and after-school programming is in full swing these days throughout Alexandria City Public Schools. The fun is FREE and takes place at the schools, removing barriers of cost and transportation to allow any student to participate. 

We saw a need for this kind of activity and went for it. The benefits are huge. Students get active, they try something new, they develop a connection with peers and staff and they discover the mind-body connection. This all follows them back to the classroom so they do their best.

Kids of all ages love being part of a team, wearing their jerseys and t-shirts and meeting another whole side of their teachers and counselors outside of the classroom! To help them learn, grow and reach their highest potential. From lacrosse to boxing, running/walking to dancing, take a look below at the variety of club and activity offerings!

Meet the awesome Lacrosse Club of Ramsay Elementary School! Principal Mike Routhouska (far right back) and School Counselor Wanda Weaver (far left back) share coaching duties. Mr. Routhouska is passionate about diversifying the sport and is excited to bring his favorite game to his school. As with all of the clubs, M2L pays the teachers for their time. For LAX⁠, ⁠M2L also purchased the portable net, sticks, lacrosse balls and jerseys.


The Boxing Club at Hammond Middle School is a huge hit! Kidist Square, a school counselor, coaches 20+ energetic kids who are really proud to be part of this group. To warm up, students count out loud doing their push-ups, sit ups, jumping jacks and jumping rope. Then they glove up and practice their punches on the free-standing bags.

M2L purchased the four punching bags, sand to fill them with, gloves and mats. With a waiting list for the club, Coach Square is already planning for the next session. We just LOVE that the kids LOVE what they’re doing and are so into the sport! Nice work, Coach!


The GWMS Prexie Dancers absolutely love their new hoodies and t-shirts! Most of these kids are in the special education program at the middle school and dance under the instruction of Special Education Teacher Michelle Cole and Librarian Tonya Taylor. The kids do a lot of line dancing (dance with repetitive moves) and absolutely adore Kidz Bop music! Because some of the kids require more assistance, M2L provides an extra instructor to make sure everyone has a ton of fun!


Pictured here are just a few of the 30 students who participate in the GWMS 7th grade Mentoring Club! They meet with their mentors, mostly ACPS leadership, once a week to walk and talk. M2L provided a treadmill and under desk pedals for use on bad weather days. To complete the look, we also provided shoes, socks and awesome t-shirts!🌞
Seeing the enthusiasm, energy and learning from ACPS students and staff participating in these clubs has been incredibly rewarding! The demand for them really reflects their popularity, and with the support of ACPS and our generous donors, we’re 100% committed to growing this programming.

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Hecho de la diversión

Tararea tres notas de la mayoría de las canciones de rock/pop en la radio entre 1965 y 1983 y ¡lo nombraré!

Brooke Sydnor Curran

Presidenta y CEO

Empecé a correr cuando era padre de tres niños pequeños para pasar un tiempo a solas. Todavía corro porque es una buena carrera y es una excelente manera de comenzar mi día: pienso mucho durante esas primeras horas de la mañana. Cuando termino, me siento concentrado y listo para enfrentar el mundo.

Hoy en día, la ciencia respalda la evidencia de que correr y el ejercicio en general mejoran no solo la salud emocional, sino también el flujo de sangre al cerebro, lo que facilita concentrarse en la tarea y aprender mejor. Esto es especialmente cierto para los niños en edad escolar, que pasan gran parte de su tiempo en las aulas y se espera que presten atención y hagan su trabajo.

Sin una salida para dirigir positivamente la energía y aumentar el flujo sanguíneo para apoyar la función cerebral, la concentración se resiente, lo que puede ser desastroso para muchos niños.

Mis años de primaria y secundaria

Sé lo que es ser el estudiante que no puede quedarse quieto, tiene dificultades para concentrarse y escuchar al maestro. Ese era yo de niño. Siempre me llamaban por interrumpir el salón de clases. No fue hasta que fui adulto que entendí la relación positiva entre el movimiento y el aprendizaje.

Miro hacia atrás a esos años y los efectos persistentes con empatía por esa niña, pero sé que no estaba, y no está, sola.