Locally Funded Initiative (LFI) money is a great investment in our students’ development and growth, and their futures. Just like good educational facilities, money spent on LFIs such as an auditorium or athletic facilities is also a great investment.
Athletics, performing arts and other extracurricular activities provide life-long benefits; they offer so much more than a chance to throw a ball, play a clarinet, swing a bat, sing a song, run a fast lap or step on a mat for a few years. Life-long benefits include responsibility to community and community pride; improved academics; self-esteem, confidence, persistence, patience, practice, teamwork, leadership skills, time management and a success mindset. Countless studies supporting the long-term benefits of extracurricular activities can be found online. For a large majority of our student body, extracurricular activities are a big part of their growth and development. In addition to drama, band, choir, Quiz Bowl and other extracurricular activities, Rootstown High School offers 18 total varsity sports, with 9 sports for boys and 9 sports for girls. Rootstown Middle School offers 10 sport options, with 5 sports for boys and 5 sports for girls. During the 2016-2017 school year, out of approximately 600 students (7th -12th grade), 521 students (7th -12th grade) participated in one or more sports. Rootstown participates in the Portage Trail Conference, which is comprised of 15 area public schools. The Rootstown Athletic program also works closely with the local youth and community sports programs in Rootstown and surrounding communities by hosting skills camps and tournaments.