A majority of U.S. schools have extracurriculars, but most of them take place after school or as a class. At Darlington, iPeriods are incorporated into the daily schedule taking place as 50 minute blocks. A student has two different iPeriods per week and they each meet twice a week.
An unofficial survey was sent out to the student body and out of 215 responses, 64.2%, 138 students said yes that iPeriods were beneficial. 35.8%, 77 students said no.
“I like iPeriod because it gives me a chance to do something else that I wouldn’t normally get to do in school. It is nice to have a part in the school day that is stress free,” junior Grace Wagshul said.
Some reasons that iPeriods are beneficial are that they give students an opportunity to explore interests that are not offered as a class. Also, it is a time to meet new people who have the same interests as you.
“I like iPeriod because it gives me an opportunity to explore my interests during the school day as opposed to after school when I’m really busy,” sophomore Leelee Barnes said.
Another benefit of iPeriods is that it is conveniently placed after second lunch which gives the opportunity to relax after a busy day of classes before going to another class.
“I like iPeriod because for me it’s a way to escape classes for 45 minutes and it’s for you to do something you’re interested in that you can look forward to,” sophomore William McClain said.
iPeriods should be an essential part of every school’s curriculum. At Darlington, the students sometimes will sponsor an iPeriod that they believe in and will run it too. iPeriod is a time for students to unlock their creativity and learn more about the world.