Extra-curricular activities offer all kinds of important lessons. Students, for instance, get to try various leadership hats on for size. They experience the amplifying power of teamwork. And they learn that, at the heart of everything worthwhile, is, well, sweat.
But especially in these times, one lesson rises — and all too often isolated — times, one lesson rises above the others. CONNECTION.
Extra-curricular activities tie students to their school.
In the process, they teach students a lesson that never gets old: That we’re more alike than different. And that we’re always better when we work together. Because, after all, when it comes to students chasing their dreams, we’re all on the same team.
Simply put, an extra-curricular activity is learning that takes place outside the normal curriculum.
Which means, when it comes to exploring these interests, the choices, especially if you design your own, are almost unlimited.
Decades of underfunding have forced many Minnesota schools to break out their budget axe. And, unfortunately, extra-curricular activities, by their very definition, are an easy target.