The Effects Of Extracurricular Activities On Children

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The Effects of Extracurricular Activities
Allison Kilburg
Clarke University

Author Note
This paper was prepared for Cornerstone II taught by Professor Joe Klinebriel.
Abstract
Benefits are reaped when students participate in extracurricular activities. There are many opportunities for these activities to take place in school, in the community, and even the state. Studies have shown that those involved in such activities do better academically, have better attendance rates, and have better communication and collaboration skills. Students also benefit from interacting with peers and adults creating better social skills, leadership roles, and teamwork. Though there are some drawbacks to being too involved in these extracurricular activities, the positives outweigh them.

The push for children at young ages to become involved in extracurricular activities is on a rise. In 2006, more than half of American teenagers participated in some sort of activity outside of school (Wilson). Many studies show how being involved or not being involved in extracurricular activities could affect children’s future and whether or not they will succeed. There are many benefits that come with being involved, but there are some drawbacks as well. However, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, because students involved in extracurricular activities benefit by having higher grades, higher attendance rate at school, more school engagement, and are more likely to succeed.…
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