Drama Kids Of Sarasota And Manatee Counties Owner Recognized By Parents Of “Lifetime” Student


FORT MYERS, Fla. – May 24, 2018 – PRLog — Tamara Solum, who has been with Drama Kids for 16 years and is celebrating her 14th year as a franchise owner, was recently honored by Drama Kids student Zachary Fitzpatrick and his parents upon the conclusion of the traditional end-of-year play performed by Zachary and his fellow Drama Kids classmates.  Zachary enrolled at age 5 and has attended Drama Kids for the full 13-year cycle of the Drama Kids program.  He graduated from high school this spring.


The recognition caught Solum completely off guard and had her and the entire audience in tears.  Zachary’s parents, Wayne and Becky Fitzpatrick, presented Solum with a plaque listing all of the critical developmental skills that Drama Kids instills in students, along with a large “storyboard” featuring photos of Zachary and Solum taken over the last 13 years.  The center of the storyboard reads:

“Ms. Tamara, Thank you for helping me reach my goals!  With your encouragement I have gained knowledge, understanding, and friendship.  Your guidance and belief in me has better prepared me for the future and has helped me become the man I am today.  Even though I now tower over you (Zachary is 18″ taller than Solum now), I will ALWAYS look up to you!  Love, Zachary Fitzpatrick – May 2018.”

“I am so fortunate to be able to work with these kids, and I’m extremely grateful to the Fitzpatricks and the thousands of other parents who have entrusted their children to me and my terrific team of teachers over the last 16 years,” said Solum.  “Each year we provide all students with an opportunity to showcase the skills that they have learned with an end-of-year performance for family and friends, and it is incredibly rewarding to witness the great impact that Drama Kids has on each child’s confidence and self-esteem.”

Drama Kids CEO Doug Howard was also in attendance to witness the presentation of the award.  “Drama Kids is all about developing kids, particularly where public speaking and communication skills, creativity skills, and collaboration and teamwork skills are concerned,” said Howard.  “In teaching thousands of students over 16 years, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Tamara Solum has done more for youth drama participation in the Sarasota area than anyone – ever. Tamara is a superstar, and we are very blessed to have her on our team of 75 amazing franchise owners holding classes and camps across  the country.”

Each year Drama Kids franchise owners and their highly trained teachers teach over 13,000 students during 1-hour classes held one day per week in schools and community center locations.  Drama Kids offers a highly structured curriculum consisting of over 450 unique lesson plans, allowing kids to begin attending classes at age 4 and continuing through age 17 without every repeating a lesson or activity. In addition, Drama Kids franchise owners also offer week-long summer camps during the June – August period.

For more information about Drama Kids programs, visit www.dramakids.com.

About Drama Kids

Drama Kids International is the largest after-school drama program in the USA with 10,000 students currently enrolled. Its copyrighted curriculum features original, creative lessons with a built-in advancing scale of development that enables students of different ages and abilities to progress at their own rate. Its curriculum differs significantly from traditional drama and other after-school programs, with an emphasis on fun drama activities that are designed to allow all students to fully participate and develop acting, speaking, and collaboration skills regardless of age or prior experience level.

Drama Kids offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 4 through 18 years old. Classes meet once each week for one hour at locations throughout the country. The program allows new enrollment throughout the year, space permitting. Drama Kids also offers Drama Kids Preschool Workshops, Drama Kids Summer Camps, and Drama Kids At School, an in-school program for elementary and middles schools that brings its innovative curriculum directly into the schools as part of the school’s after-school program. For more information, visit www.dramakids.com. For franchise information visit www.dramakidsfranchises.com.

Charlie Kerr

Summer Fun Ideas for Your Child


The time to start thinking about summer fun for your child is here, even if it does seem like the year went by in the blink of an eye! So how do you begin planning out fun adventures for your child’s summer? Drama Kids International has found some ideas worth trying out.

Summer is a time for your children to have the freedom to enjoy themselves, while also finding educational opportunities that can benefit them for life!

Embrace the outdoors.Children are spending far too much time indoors, so why not encourage taking in all that being outdoors can offer? There’s bike riding, backyard stargazing, playground escapades and so much more fun to be had. Spending time outside is great for kids—it helps keep them active and can provide exceptional learning opportunities, too.The Educator’s Spin On It has many more ideas for fun and educational activities for your children to embrace this summer.

Learn to appreciate the schedule slowdown.During the school year, life can be hectic and always on the go. Let your child take a moment to slow down and enjoy life—you’ll appreciate the down time, too! Keep these three “R’s” in mind this summer;reflect, read, relax. Children need to be able to reflect on the year and you can use this as a teaching tool for the future, including how to set goals for the next year. Reading throughout the summer is a great way to help your child avoid summer learning loss and give him or her a boost for the next school year. Relaxing is something that we all take for granted and, yes, it is important for our kids to experience some quality relaxation time over the summer.

Enroll them in a fun summer camp program that will also help them identify interests and develop key skills.Find a fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) program for a well-balanced experience. If you have a child who is a fan of drama, we have the perfect solution! We may be slightly biased here, but the summer camp programs put together byDrama Kids International are not only a way to help kids develop theater skills, but also serve as an excellent teaching tool, too! Creative thinking, public speaking and leadership skills are just a few of the things children learn with Drama Kids. We’re here to help get kids out of their shells while providing a safe space to learn and grow.

Summertime is just around the corner, and we hope it will prove to be a fun and restful one for your family. Keep Drama Kids’ summer camps in your mind, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us or your nearest Drama Kids International location.

7 Ways to Build Resilience in Your Child


We all know the importance of being resilient in life, so it’s only natural for us to want to help our children build up their resilience.

Why is resilience so crucial for children to build? It’s simple—resilience helps them learn how to bend and not break when facing stress or trauma. Resilience is how they’ll know the best ways to get up and brush themselves off after a fall and recover from adversity and stress.

Kenneth Ginsburg, a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has identified the seven “C’s” of resilience: competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control.

So how do you go about helping your kids begin building that resilience? Keep the seven “C’s” in mind and try these seven tips!

  1. Focus on relationships.It may seem that resilience is built on self-reliance, determination or inner strength, but it’s the relationships in kids’ lives that gives them a strong foundation. Children need to have at least one supportive relationship with a caring adult—from a parent to teachers or coaches.
  1. Remind them that it is OK to ask for help.Knowing how to take care of things on their own is an important life skill, but even the most resilient know when to ask for help. Be sure to reiterate to your kids that it’s OK to ask for help, and that it is actually a fantastic way to demonstrate their strength.
  1. Teach the importance of exercise.Do you exercise to help relieve stress? If so, why not inform your kids of its benefits? The key is to get them moving and teach them healthier ways to handle stress.
  1. Model it for them.You already know the kids watch your every move, so be sure they are seeing resiliency in you! They need to see how you handle disappointment and sadness. They need to see how you bounce back and move on to the next situation.
  1. Limit rescue mode when possible.You are the parent, and it’s only natural to want to rush in and rescue your children the moment they seem over their head. This is a noble thing to do but swooping in for every little thing is doing them a disservice. Give your kids the time and resources to sort things out for themselves when appropriate.
  1. Boost their problem-solving skills.Do your kids know how to work through a problem themselves? There are different things they can ask internally, such as “what has worked before?” or “how can this problem be broken into smaller pieces?”
  1. Make time for creativity and play.This one might be our favorite! Being creative can help your children come up with valuable problem-solving skills. Allowing them the time to think things through can give them the chance to get creative where solutions are involved.

Drama Kids International provides children with a place to think outside the box, be creative and embrace who they are. We welcome the opportunity to play a role in helping your kids build up their resilience and have specially tailored programs to accomplish this.

Looking for more information on our programming? Contact us today! www.dramakids.com