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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities in Secondary Schools

This paper focused on the importance of implementing extracurricular activities into secondary level schools. The significance of these activities, such as athletics, band, drama, Ski Club, etc. has been debated for decades due to the programs positive and negative effects on students and school districts. During secondary level schooling, students are going through the adolescent stage, which includes phases of biological, social and emotional transition. Extracurricular activities play a vital role in helping students deal with these changes. This project highlighted the numerous positive effects of students participating in extra programs, and also drew attention to the negative impacts. As a result of recent budget cuts these activities are unfortunately cut from secondary schools which could be detrimental to the students. Lastly, this paper looked into how school districts and communities can make sure that extracurricular activities are kept in the schools' programs.

Presenter: Megan Koller (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)