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The Value of Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular enrichment outside of school provides a myriad of important life lessons for students and research has proven there is a correlation in activity involvement resulting in higher student achievement. The essential benefits of enrichment activities prepare children for adulthood as they learn time- management skills, leadership responsibilities, self-discipline and persistence.

Extra-curricular activities are important in developing the “whole child” as it teaches children the value of priorities, time management skills, organizational methods to be prepared and allows them to experience something new.
When children are engaged in activities they learn the value of “practice time” which is necessary to master skills which in turn leads to successful personal accomplishment. For example, learning a new sport, or how to play a musical instrument, etc. teaches children new skills and how to incorporate information, and experiencing frustration if it’s challenging and learn how to overcome their struggle.

Studies have documented their findings students who attend extra- curricular classes are goal oriented to earn their Bachelor’s Degree or higher and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better. Research has shown these students also scored in the top quartile on math and reading assessments. Participation in extra-curricular activities helps children form friendships and connects them to their school community. The number one stated reason many high school students drop out of school is they feel they do not belong. When students are participating in enrichment activities they are exposed to peer relationship dynamics within a group.
Children who are well-rounded find the benefits of successful extra-curricular participation support positive approaches in many demanding situations. Children are encouraged to learn the skills necessary to become a team-member when confronted with challenges. It is an essential aid for the development of self discipline and attending classes expose children to a variety of adults in the position of authority. Physical activities provide children to learn the importance of exercise and by taking caring of their bodies promotes healthy living while engaging in something enjoyable. A child learns best when they are actively engaged and enrichment provides an opportunity to broaden their horizons while preparing them for life.

Evidence from studies reveal that students engaged in extra-curricular activities perform on a national average 250 points better on their SAT, and are overall more involved in school. These students maintained an average of 3.0 and higher with strong school attendance ratings. Students with a variety of extra-
curriculum participation outside of school demonstrated a significant correlation in job performance. These students were found to be more self-confident, determined and more committed to working long term, as their passion fosters their enthusiasm which becomes a way of life.

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