As Fort Bragg kids are back in school and Families are getting back into the swing of things, the SKIES Unlimited program is ramping up its curriculum. SKIES Unlimited, or Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills, is the framework for the Army’s Child, Youth and School Services instructional program for youth of military and Department of Defense civilians.

“SKIES Unlimited is an element that no one else receives within CYSS,” said Paul Driessen, instructional program specialist, Tolson Youth Activities Center. “It provides children an opportunity to try something new.”

Within the program, children and youth may choose from several different classes within the School of Arts, School of Sports, School of Life Skills and School of Academic Skills.

“The curriculum is of recreation caliber,” said Driessen. “Children can learn to dance or sew, become proficient in karate or cheerleading, learn to swim or get their lifeguard certification, take part in tutoring for school and much more.”

One of the more popular programs is the dance program, led by Erika’s Dance Academy. Instructors teach everything from ballet to hip-hop and tap to contemporary. Children as young as two can participate. The dance program also hosts culminating events such as the Holiday Recital to show the student’s progress.

While the SKIES Unlimited program is not new to Fort Bragg, it’s important for Fort Bragg Soldiers and their children to know what is available.

“This program is phenomenal, a no-brainer,” said Jan Hernandez, Erika’s Dance Academy. “It’s magical to see the children grasp the information and perform.”

To register children for any of the upcoming classes, parents must ensure their children are enrolled into CYSS. Once they are enrolled, parents can log on to to sign their children up for the class they choose.

There is a small fee for classes within the program.

“The classes are a bargain,” said Driessen. “You get great competitive programs, safe and excellent facilities, knowledgeable staff at an on-post value.”

For more information, contact Tolson Youth Activities Center at 396-5437 or email Paul Driessen at