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  • This topic contains 2 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Halsey Blocher 2 months, 3 weeks ago.

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    • #19104
       Kevin Schaefer 

      Hello again. I wanted to share Michael’s latest column with you all: https://smanewstoday.com/2019/05/29/music-instrument-choir-extracurricular-activity/.

      This is an encouraging post for parents everywhere, as well as those of us with SMA. I know that for me, doing extracurriculars like school plays and clubs were some of my favorite parts of school. I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t taken advantage of these opportunities when I was younger.

      Likewise, I encourage parents out there to let your kids be active and explore their passions. SMA might prevent us from doing a lot of physical activities, but it doesn’t prevent us from doing a lot of other things. I’m really happy that Ella found her love for singing.

      Do your kids participate in any extracurriculars? What questions do you have?

    • #19114
       Ryan Berhar 

      It’s really cool that Ella can sing well despite SMA. I’ve mentioned it before, but chess was always an extracurricular activity I loved, because it’s strictly mental. It’s always been the one activity in which I felt like I was on equal ground as everyone else.

    • #19118
       Halsey Blocher 

      I was in church choir when I was Ella’s age, and loved it! It isn’t something I continued with when I got older, but I really enjoyed and made some great memories.

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