The benefits of extracurricular activities are numerous but employing a school first attitude can help children find a healthy balance between extracurricular pursuits, family life and school. Read more…
I have witnessed and experienced firsthand the positive impact mentoring can have on a young life. Attending a rural high school that lacked in extracurricular opportunities, a friend and I were determined to start something new. One day we wound up at a leadership workshop hosted by another school district and attended a session that was all about a successful mentoring program that paired high school students with elementary students who needed help academically, socially, or emotionally. Not only did this program seem like a great way to provide impressionable young kids with positive role models, it would also provide their high school student mentors with a real sense of value and purpose. Immediately inspired, we looked at each other and instantly realized our school could really benefit from a program like this one.
You know what they say – all work and no play makes Carly a very dull student.
Which is why I was so puzzled during my visits to various grade schools in the Southern Indian city of Puducherry. My travelmates and I were interested in doing some workshops in a local school – drama games, newspaper writing, English tutoring, etc… – but at most of the schools we visited (which were quite a few – there were A LOT of schools in Puducherry), the kids didn’t have time for extracurricular activities. School days were similar hours, but for many kids the end of class means the beginning of tutoring.