Extracurricular Activities: Improving students’ social and emotional development

Story WalkExtracurricular activities and non-core subjects, like art, music, physical education, and foreign language, have the potential to improve student outcomes academically and socially. Researchers have found that students exposed to arts education and extracurricular programs tend to be better at various social and emotional skills and competencies, such as team work, confidence, self-efficacy, communication, leadership, and the development of healthy relationships.

Below is an archive of Partners for Public Education web posts about extracurricular activities.


Story Archive

Got active kids? Keep them safe on the playing field

July 2017

More than 38 million children and adolescents participate in sports in the United States, so there are bound to be some injuries. Here's what you can do to limit potential injuries when your child participates in sports.


Teachers tailgate to help students who are hungry

November 2015

Forty teachers and staff in the Slippery Rock Area School District volunteered their time to host a tailgate party before the Friday night football game to raise money for a program that helps students from low-income families have enough food to eat over the weekend.


Teen Reading Lounges inspire reading and creativity at local libraries

November 2015 

An innovative after-school program helps students across Pennsylvania build community, explore creativity, and cultivate a love of reading at their local libraries.  


Video: Fighting hunger with peanut butter

July 2015

Meet Emily Shrader, a graduate of Cumberland Valley High School. Last year, she had an idea: collect a few jars of peanut butter, give them to a local food bank, and help people in need. More than 5,000 jars of peanut butter later, here is her story.


After-school programs help kids succeed

May 2015

As one school year ends, many parents are already thinking about the next one, including which after-school program their children will attend. High quality after-school programs keep kids safe, inspire learning, and help working families.  


Teachers in rural Chester County district bring Halloween to their students

November 2014

Dozens of teachers in the Owen J. Roberts School District in rural Chester County volunteered their time and money to host a "Safe Trick-or-Treat Night" that brought out more than 1,000 members of the community.


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