Update #3 ·

What It Takes to Succeed

Next month, NBC News will host the fourth annual Education Nation National Summit in New York (http://www.educationnation.com/files/dmfile/2013Summit.pdf). This year's event will focus on "what it takes for a student to be successful in the classroom and beyond."

October is also National Arts and Humanities Month (http://www.artsusa.org/get_involved/advocacy/nahm/). Here in North Carolina, there has been much discussion recently on the value of a liberal arts education. So this is a great opportunity for students, parents, teachers, and community members to participate in a dialogue about these important issues.

NHSAEF has worked with students, teachers, and families for the past 7 years to support NorthwoodArts. Research and personal experience tells us that strong arts education programs and opportunities are essential components of a successful high school education (http://www.artsedsearch.org).

Share your stories with us. Take a few moments to review the research that shows the connections between strong arts programs and reduced school dropouts, improved test scores, and stronger civic engagement—especially for children most at risk for school failure.

Join us at Northwood and volunteer with NHSAEF. Maybe make a small monthly contribution to support our programs. It's a new school year and a great time to get involved!

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