The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) designates October as “National High School Activities Month.” Each week in October is given a theme for interested schools nationwide to create initiatives celebrating the gamut of sports, clubs and other high school activities. Schools are encouraged to promote the values inherent in high school athletics and other activities such as speech, music, drama, band and spirit squads. Citizenship and emphasis on sportsmanship are also part of the focus for the month. (See schedule below)
|October 3-8||National Sportsmanship, Fan Appreciation and PA Announcers Week|
|October 10-15||National Performing Arts Appreciation Week|
|October 17-22||National Coaches / Sponsors / Advisors / Officials Appreciation Week|
|October 24-29||National Community Service / Youth Awareness Appreciation Week|
- Activities Support the Academic Mission of Schools: They are not a diversion but rather an extension of a good educational program. Students who participate in activity programs tend to have higher grade-point averages, better attendance records, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems than other students, generally.
- Activities are Inherently Educational: Activity programs provide valuable lessons for practical situations – teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing and hard work. Through participation in activity programs, students learn self-discipline, build self-confidence and develop skills to handle competitive situations. These are qualities the public expects schools to produce in students so that they become responsible adults and productive citizens.
- Activities Foster Success in Later Life: Participation in high school activities is often a predictor of later success – in college, a career and becoming a contributing member of society. Studies have shown a higher percentage of successful corporate executives participated in sports during high school. Additionally, many of these business leaders were involved in student government, music offerings, school publications and a variety of community activities.