Are extracurricular activities important in a student’s overall education?

Most studies indicate that yes, it is important for students of all ages to participate in some sort of extracurricular activity.

According to an article by Robert Needleman, MD, children as young as age 6 can benefit from extracurricular activities.  The most commonly mentioned benefit is higher self-esteem for participants, which leads to better academic performance and community involvement.  The right activities, such as journalism or photography, can also provide experience or guidance in future careers.

At the college/university level, activities outside of class are also important to student development.  Activities encourage interaction with other students, developing leadership skills, and positively impacts student academic performance.  Most colleges and universities promote extracurricular activities as way to develop well-rounded individuals, to allow for more confidence and in future job successes.

Of course, as important as these activities are, it is difficult to always find enough funding to take that school field trip, participate in sporting events, or purchase new equipment and uniforms.  Fundraising has become a necessity for most schools, but there are many options beyond selling pizza and candy, so parents, relatives, and neighbors are willing to buy if it is unique or something they can use.  Try one of the many fundraiser websites for ideas, including EasyFundraisingIdeas.com or RRewards.com.

4imprint’s latest Education Newsletter gives practical fundraising ideas for your school, to aid in continued or new extracurricular offerings.

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