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Involvement in Extracurriculars Brings Benefits

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Extracurricular activities – clubs, sports and lessons found outside of the typical school day – provide great benefits to students of any age.

Studies have shown that children who participate in at least one extracurricular activity generally have better school attendance and grade point average than their peers who do not participate in extracurricular activities.

Involvement in an activity outside school hours requires students to sharpen their time management skills and to stay organized. Children are challenged to set their own goals and come up with success plans, without the help of a parent.

While extracurricular activities build independence, they also build teamwork skills. Children on a team or in a club are required to work together towards a common goal, whether that be winning a game, coming up with a new invention or solving a math problem. Teamwork is a vital skill for success in the classroom, as well as the future work environment.

The United State Census Bureau reports that 57 percent of children ages 6 to 17 participate in at least one extracurricular activity. Approximately 35 percent of those children participate in sports, while 29 percent are enrolled in lessons and another 29 percent are members of a club.

What extracurricular activities does your school offer?

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