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Push for Participation Pays Off

New Clubs Attract Hundreds of Students at Three Rivers

Article Date: Apr 25, 2017

Thanks to a huge effort on the part of staff, community volunteers and Principal Tim Broadbent, Three Rivers School has seen student participation in after school activities soar this year. More than 85 percent of students are participating in school clubs or activities this year, compared with less than 20 percent of the student body last year.

“We are thrilled with the turnout and feel like this participation leads to students feeling more connected to school and more engaged,” said Broadbent. “This effort is building community and creating a sense of pride.”

More than 360 students at the K-8 school in Sunriver joined after school activities this year, participating a wide range of options including many new clubs such as yoga, running, weaving, Lego robotics, birding, broadcast news, community service and many more. Some clubs are led by teachers and others are led by volunteers. All of the clubs are free for students.

Broadbent said this effort arose after staff recognized that students had limited opportunities for after school activities.

“We wanted to connect with our students and fill that gap, so they weren’t just going home and watching TV,” said Broadbent. “It’s a great success and a huge credit to our dedicated staff members and community volunteers.”

Parents are also responding well to the efforts. More than 90 percent of parents recently surveyed by the school reported feeling satisfied with the after-school activities available at Three Rivers.

One parent surveyed said, “The after-school programs are above and beyond exceptional. My children have participated in several of the programs and have richer lives because of the experience.”