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Extracurriculars are key to better students, schools

Published: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

Recent studies show that students involved in extracurricular activities, such as athletics, fine arts, and academic and vocational clubs, increase their academic performance. Research concludes that participation in extracurricular activities helps students learn teamwork, build character, and develop leadership skills.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who participate in extracurricular activities are three times more likely to have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better than students who do not. This is a result of greater satisfaction with their educational atmosphere because of forming more relationships and relating better with fellow students and faculty.

Students who participate in extracurricular activities are less likely to drop out of school and are absent less often. Higher attendance enables students to complete more class work and perform better on examinations. Students who get connected stay connected, thus developing a sense of pride and ownership in all that they accomplish. Those students become well-rounded individuals and aspire to go farther in education and to attain loftier goals throughout their lives.

If this opportunity is not available here in Dixon, then where? If not now, when? As the old expression goes, “It takes a community to raise a child.” Let’s make sure that we take care of our own children here in Dixon and show them that we are committed to bettering their future.

Join me and vote “yes” for the 1 percent referendum. Together, we can make this happen.

Note to readers – Matthew Magnafici is the assistant principal at Reagan Middle School.

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