In keeping with our mission to create proud global citizens, we encourage our students to think about issues outside of their everyday life and consider how they can make a tangible difference in the world around them. So, to complement our regular fundraising initiatives and various efforts to give back to our community, we also provide a number opportunities for students to get involved in activities that allow them to tackle global issues head-on.
Every January, Gray Academy students, with the support of Gray Academy staff and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, organize a study day for our students that is centered around an actual human rights issue. Various speakers introduce different aspects of the issue, and the students devise and implement an action plan. The committee meets in the months leading up to the event, and has hands-on involvement to ensure the event’s success.
(Open to students in gr. 9 - 12)
This group gives students a better understanding of how the United Nations (UN) works. Within this structure, students represent a given country, exploring its perspective on issues that might be tabled at a UN summit. Model UN also gives students a chance to meet other students from day schools across North America at the conference in New York.
(Open to students in gr. 10 - 12)
This program, which has components intertwined in the curriculum, is designed to help students understand their global role in promoting human rights and the power of the individual to create change. Generously supported by The Asper Foundation, the program includes a volunteer component, a special program partnering our students with Holocaust survivors, and a trip to Washington, DC to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Students meet with Holocaust survivors before and after the trip to enforce the idea of “For You I Remember. From You I have Learned”.
(Open to students in gr. 9)
This club rotates through elementary, and themed art projects are made available for purchase in the library. All proceeds go toward the artists’ chosen charities.
(Open to students in gr. 1 - 6)
Our Free the Children Knitting Group is enjoying learning to knit fashion scarves and other simple items to sell to support Gray Academy’s Free the Children project in Kenya. This group is open to students in who want to learn to knit to support disadvantaged children in another country. Volunteers wanting to teach knitting are also welcome.
(Open to students in gr. 4 - 8)