Building character and compassion through community is an integral part of The Grosse Pointe Academy experience. Community service hours, both in and out of school, are required for Middle School students, and school-wide community service – such as serving food to the homeless, caring for seniors, or participating in charity events – are coordinated for students of all ages.
The importance of giving back to one’s community is one of the many lifelong lessons impressed upon Academy students.
Past community service events:
- Annual clothing drive
- Annual food drive
- Serving those in need
- Raising funds for Relay for Life (American Cancer Society)
- Performing and providing refreshment for SOC and other local organizations
Annual community service events:
CATCH Fun Run
Each year students in grades 1-8 participate in the CATCH Fun Run. CATCH stands for Caring Athletes Team for Children’s and Henry Ford Hospitals. Due to the school’s continuing loyalty and commitment to the CATCH organization, several middle school students are traditionally asked to emcee the CATCH Night of Champions annual fundraising event.
Part of the Middle School community service curriculum includes coordinating a clothing drive in November for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Every morning for several days, middle school students greet parents and students at morning drop-off and collect donated bags of gently used clothing.
Grosse Pointe Santa Parade
The Grosse Pointe Academy participates in the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade the day after Thanksgiving. GPA has a strong showing each year, with many students and parents marching (accompanied by the Bulldog school mascot, of course), carrying the school banner, wearing Academy blue Santa hats, and chanting “GPA!” The Academy contingent always demonstrates energy and school spirit to onlookers.
The month of December is filled with opportunities for students to learn about the gift of giving. Early and Lower School students fill baskets with mittens and hats; middle school students, faculty, and staff adopt a family and donate toys, clothing and food to share the spirit of the holidays. This annual tradition includes the entire GPA community, from the three-year-olds to eighth graders, gathering donations of canned goods, toiletries, and other supplies in the chapel.
St. Paul Breakfast
Seventh graders participate in St. Paul’s program for the homeless by making fleece blankets and serving breakfast to those less fortunate for two mornings in February. The students prepare for the experience in Christian Life class and reflect afterward by writing journal entries.
As designated Michigan Green School, the Academy embarks on an ambitious celebration of Earth Week each spring. “This is a great opportunity for us to teach students what they can do to be green at home and here at school,” said Sasha Murphy, who spearheads the school’s green program.