Students benefit from participating in variety of extracurricular programs

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Dallas ISD offers several extracurricular and after-school activities that enhance students’ experiences, learning and fun during and after school.

Some of the activities include  karate, chess, robotics, typing, cheerleading, STEM, sports and fine arts.

After-school programs are more than fun and games. They provide students a safe environment and personalized learning outside the classroom to continue enhancing their academic performance, as well as help them increase academic attendance.

“Participation in extracurricular activities is the most memorable and exciting part of the school experience,” said Sharla Hudspeth, director of Student Services. “From relationships built among coaches and team members to the development of leadership, communication and social skills, extracurricular activities are the reason many students come to school every day.”

The district offers more than 100 extracurricular and after-school programs for students in pre-K through grade 12 at no cost. The activities are designed to meet the specific needs and interest of students and provide them with an opportunity of experiencing activities they might have access to otherwise.

“Students who participate fine arts programs, learn creativity, confidence, problem solving, and perseverance while increasing their likelihood of success after high school,” said Tim Linley, executive director of Fine Arts. “Although, don’t forget the biggest reason to get involved in fine arts –  it’s fun!”

To learn more about the options in fine arts and other programs, district parents and students can come and see the more than 100+ extracurricular and after-school activities to be showcased at the Prep U Super Saturday After-School and Extracurricular Activities Fair. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, Sept. 16, at Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave. The free event will also offer free food, drinks, health screenings, immunizations for children ages 2 months through 18, and fun family activities.

Parents will be able to sign up their children for extracurricular and after-school programs while at the event. Parents may also to enroll their students for these programs at their respective school.

Student participation in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year is one of the six Student Achievement Goals adopted by the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

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