Many children can’t afford to participate in extra-curricular activities, however these activities are crucial to a child’s development and long-term success. Studies show that students involved in after school programs have:
Improved school attendance and engagement in learning
Improved test scores and grades
A more positive impact on their self-concept and decision making
Reduced truancy and improved behavior in school
Opportunities to create additional peer and adult relationships
Researchers agree: Dropping out of school is a gradual process that typically begins years before a student even enters high school. After school participation in both academic and non-academic pursuits – at every grade level – gives students the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed.
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