Schools are often though to be the heart of a community. In the Upper Grand District School Board, connections to the community are believed to be integral to the success of students. The first sentence of our Vision Statement reads “Students will attain individual excellence through dynamic programming provided by an effective staff and supported by a committed community.”
Community is also cited in the Board’s Guiding Principles:
- Education is a community responsibility
- Embracing diversity contributes to community
Upper Grand students reach out to the community in many ways, from volunteering with local organizations to participating in community events like tree plantings and parades. Students and staff are frequently champion fundraisers for local and national charities, such as the annual Terry Fox Run, and are involved globally through participation in social enterprises like Me to We.
The Board makes our schools and facilities available to the public through Community Use of Schools.
Parents and members of the community actively and enthusiastically support our schools by volunteering in the school, classrooms and field trips, and also by taking on roles as members of School Councils and on the Parent Involvement Committee.