BEATRICE – Participation in athletics and activities while in school often correlates with improved student performance in many areas.
Beatrice Public Schools Activities Director Neal Randel says the district continues to have high levels of participation by high school students in at least one activity, whether that is athletics, music or other interests.
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Beatrice Public Schools has been tracking activity involvement by students for the past twelve years. This past school year, just over 66% of the student population took part in at least one activity.
Randel says the benefits of participating in high school activities include things such as better attendance, lower dropout rates, better health and lower obesity rates, higher academic success and involvement in the community, among others.
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Randel says students in activities have to be able to manage their time and mesh their academics and activities together. He also says providing opportunities for sports and other activities comes at relatively low expense.
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Randel says the district’s own tracking over the past five years shows that students who get involved in activities do better on their grade point average, almost a full point better. This past year, the average was a nearly 3.1 G-P-A.