Make Time After the Bell Count with After School Clubs and Programs

Published : Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | 12:24 PM

The benefits of after school activities for children are wide and varied, ranging from physical benefits due to the promotion of increased activity, to psychological and social advantages. Scientific research proves that encouraging children to engage in activities after school could aid their development. Participation in extracurricular activities on a regular basis is the best way to help children develop their individual personality, cut down on emotional stress, and enhance social or academic skills that could benefit them in the future.

1. Boosts Academic Performance – according to research, youths who frequently participate in after school activities are more likely to show greater levels of attention in class, be more engaged in school, and are less likely to develop an inclination for violent or problem behavior. What’s more, some extracurricular activities provide students with the facilities and time to pursue interests that they may not be able to pursue at school.

2. Improves Life and Social Skills – after school activities provide an ideal environment in which to nurture social skills and confidence. Numerous extracurricular activities work to teach children the value of working as a team to achieve a mutual goal — a skill that will benefit them in their future occupation.

3. Promotes Healthy Hobbies – only does the time spent within a club encourage your child to remain active and away from the sofa, but the interests that they develop during those clubs will prompt them to spend more time practicing skills and pursuing their passions.

From drama to chess, sports to speech and debate, Stratford School offers a variety of after school clubs taught in a fun environment. Stratford’s after school clubs are offered three times a year for elementary students, and run for about an hour after school ends. The middle school program offers a wide variety of leadership development and enrichment activities. There is sure to be a club that suits your child’s age and interests! Check for the best options for your child but remember not to push them – let them choose by themselves!

Visit Stratford School at 2046 Allen Avenue in Altadena, You can contact them directly at contact-us or call them on (626) 498-2810. For more information visit their website at




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