Benefits of Community Involvement for Children

Community involvement benefits people of all ages. Getting involved at a young age can help children in ways that last a lifetime. At Orlando Catholic schools, community is part of the curriculum. Students participate in service-based activities with their classes and at after-school clubs. This not only helps those in need; it also helps the students themselves. Here are a few of the many benefits of community involvement for children:

Being Part of Something

Children who join a community become part of something larger than themselves. This sense of belonging empowers them to use their gifts and talents for good. The more children feel like they’re contributing in a group, the harder they’ll work to further the cause. In many cases, discovering your own power happens when you help others find theirs. Helping the community is always a team effort, which offers another important benefit: the ability to build relationships. 

Building Connections 

Your child benefits from making friends they don’t see every day in the classroom. By meeting people of all ages through all walks of life, children can broaden their horizons. Building socialization skills early in life will benefit them in the future when they join the workforce. The benefits of building these skills don’t just happen later in life; they start at the very first community event.

Achieving More

When students feel important, it shows. Joining student organizations and participating in community service projects can give meaning to children’s lives. Being part of a community gives them confidence that helps them thrive. It also lets them know that if they’re ever struggling, in school or otherwise, there’s someone they can talk to. The more people your child has to lean on, the less likely they are to fall behind. Meeting people from all walks of life, especially when doing community service, can also make children more aware of issues that impact communities. 

Awareness of Issues

Community service has a clear connection to learning about the issues those less fortunate face. Often, a project will focus on a specific problem and how volunteers can get together to fix it, at least at a local level. However, joining any community can help children become more aware. Community involvement can teach children about other ways of living and the challenges others have. 

Community involvement helps children in many ways. That’s why our Orlando Catholic school located in the Catholic Diocese of Orlando encourages children to help their communities thrive. Our staff is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We believe in teaching the whole child and want students to love learning, helping them grow into well-rounded, contributing members of society. Learn more about us by contacting us here.

5 Reasons for Students to Participate in Extracurricular Activities

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The best learning happens when children enjoy going to school. While classes can be fun, they are often stressful. Extracurricular activities can help alleviate stress while giving children something to look forward to after class. The best part about these activities is that almost any child can find one that aligns with their interests. Schools have academic clubs, music and art groups, special interest organizations, and, of course, athletic programs. Here are some of the ways these activities help students thrive.

Better Academic Performance

Students who participate in extracurricular activities see school as more than just a place to study. This creates a positive perspective, which leads to more motivation to do well in classes. Participating in extracurricular activities can increase brain function. Children who need to learn songs, routines, lines or sports moves learn how to focus, which in turn helps them achieve academic success. Sports and performing arts can also teach students about endurance and reacting quickly in tough situations. When it comes time to take the big test, these students have the upper hand.

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Broadened Horizons

Students from all grades, learning levels and walks of life can join and thrive in student organizations. Children who participate in these activities have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and perspectives. They can also learn more about their own interests and discover adjacent interests that their new friends have. By going to after school activities full of students with shared interests, children have more opportunities to meet and interact with diverse groups of people.

Sense of Belonging

Feeling like you’re the only one who likes something can feel isolating. Finding and joining a school club can give children a sense of belonging. In at least one way, children have a shared purpose with others in the group. On sports teams, every student plays a specific role. Children learn about all the different roles and how they work together, as well as how their role impacts the team as a whole. Children who feel they belong to a community often have a better sense of identity and better mental health than those who feel isolated.

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Leadership Skills

All extracurricular activities have a leadership structure, whether it’s a special interest group or a team. Students in these groups learn about how leadership roles work and can become leaders within the groups. This may also involve learning a little bit about politics if it’s a popular club that runs elections. Other skills children can learn by participating in extracurricular activities include teamwork, goal setting, problem solving, time management, and public speaking. 

Career Prospects

Your child may not be building a resume or college application yet, but when they do, they’ll be better prepared if they have leadership skills and experience. As students advance in school, they’ll be inclined to continue being involved in extracurricular activities. This looks great on college applications, especially if they showed leadership within the group. If they’re involved in student organizations at a college level, that will be a great boost when they start their careers. 

Children who participate in extracurricular activities have plenty of opportunities to get ahead in life. Our Orlando private school located in the Catholic Diocese of Orlando is more than a place to learn; it’s a community. Our staff is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We believe in teaching the whole child and want students to love learning, helping them grow into well-rounded, contributing members of society. Learn more about us by contacting us here.