NYC Students In After School Arts Program Improve Academically

12/29/2010 11:01 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ten-year-old Destiny Howard swaggers onstage, flinging her arms overhead in exaggerated disgust.

"Hey!" she snips at the audience. "I still want my money!"

Her made-up New York accent and oversize attitude send the crowd into another chorus of laughter. It is the school musical's final scene, and Destiny's comedic act as the swindler D. Lite scored the last lines of the script.

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