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Extracurricular Activities

"National Poll on Children's Health"

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One in 6 middle and high school students participate in no extracurricular activities, finds a new national poll by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.

The poll found half of U.S. secondary students participates in school sports, and 40 percent were involved in arts or other clubs in the 2018-19 school year.

But the total cost for these activities averaged $408 for sports, $251 for arts, and $126 for other activities. Ten percent of parents felt the extracurricular activities were not worth the cost—but three times as many parents who made less than $100,000 a year thought so.

Moreover, only 7 percent of parents had ever asked for a fee waiver for activities.

The poll was based on a nationally representative sample of 961 parents of 1,323 middle or high school students.

Vol. 38, Issue 26, Page 5

Published in Print: March 20, 2019, as Extracurricular Activities
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