It is my belief that most of the time, if we want our children to excel academically, we should involve them in extracurricular activities. For the most part, extracurricular activities build self-esteem. These activities do not always have to be school-based, though many are.

The list is endless — drama, Scouts, 4-H, sports, music, student government, FFA, church-based groups and many more.

Some of these activities begin at elementary school age. I am all for academics but firmly believe that for a child to be well-rounded they need opportunities outside the classroom. I applaud all parents who have provided these venues and encourage those who have not to consider doing so.

Sometimes it takes more than one try to find the activity that matches a child’s interests. Parents should keep trying.

Meredith Fouche

Sharpsburg

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