Last week we received the following letter:

“Dear Payday Inc.,

My name is Abbi Pollard. I am 9 years old. I am in 4th grade. I would like to thank you for supporting the NDI New Mexico program at Sandia Base Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In NDI, (I) learned to exercise my body, learned new games and chapters. My favorite chapter is chapter two. In chapter two we do the shakes. This is why I like NDI.

Your friend,

A Proud Sponsor

Payday HCM proudly sponsors NDI New Mexico because they take the health and well-being of our community’s children seriously but with a big helping of fun.

Where it All Started

In 1990, the founder of the National Dance Institute Jacque d’Amboise, began holding residencies throughout New Mexico. In 1995, Catherine Oppenheimer founded and incorporated NDI New Mexico (NDI NM) as a nonprofit organization, and started teaching 100 children in Santa Fe to dance.

Since then, NDI NM has reached almost 10,000 children annually through in-school, after-school, summer, and advanced training classes in communities across the state.

Real Results

NDI NM states on their website that “The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence, and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives.” They believe that “the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children.”

It seems to be working. NDI NM reports that students who have participated in their programs have higher Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scores and GPAs over those students who have not.

That’s something everyone should support.


Andrew Siegel

Andrew Siegel

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