Most of us enjoy high school sports, especially when our children participate. Same could hold true for any extra-curricular activity, be it band, cheerleading or school clubs.
Either now or at some point in the school year, many teens throughout all our communities will participate in an extra-curricular activity. If yours does not, we encourage you to guide them toward something that may interest them.
But the important thing for children and adults to remember is that being a student first is essential. Attending school is about academics, not playing sports or attending dances or acting on the stage. The reason our children have an opportunity to participate in these activities is because of the classroom.
We ask all parents and guardians to encourage our children to work just as hard on their school work as they do during their favorite after-school activity. We all should realize it's much more important that they excel within the four walls of the school building because, after all, real life is just around the corner.
Remind them to study hard, ask questions of their teachers, and prepare for tests. Instill in them the importance of homework.
Above all, praise them for their accomplishments in the classroom.
Education is important.