Urban Academy students understand that being of service can take many different forms. They are aware of the world, as appropriate, and develop compassion for others who share our planet.
Over the last eight years, Urban Academy students have been raking leaves, opening lemonade stands, selling their comic books and doing a variety of classroom projects to raise money for our Sponsor Child in Indonesia. Our primary students visit a seniors home to spread the joy that only young children can spread to older folks who could use a few more visitors. Our intermediate and senior students have been knitting scarves for homeless youth through an organization called Covenant House. Each year we have a "Can-paign" competition, organized by the senior students, to see which class in our school can raise the most cans of food for a local soup kitchen program.
Our students also take part in the Terry Fox run to raise money for cancer research and, dear to our hearts, is the Run for Water. In partnership with Hope International, this program involves raising money so that people in Ethiopia can have clean water. In 2012, UA students have raised over $5000 and counting - giving over 144 people clean water for life! From recycling drives, to chores and garage sales, Urban Academy students are so motivated by the fact that they truly can impact the lives of others in this world.