"From those to whom much is given, much is expected."
Giving back to the community is an integral part of the philosophy of Kuper Academy. The goal of our community service program is to help those in need as well as to foster, in our students, a tradition of lifelong philanthropy.
Each student in the high school is required to do at least ten hours of community service per year. Some students work within the school, either volunteering in the library, creating art for hospitals, peer-tutoring, or helping in the daycare. However, most students do their service out in the community, either working with seniors, acting as assistant coaches, volunteering at sporting tournaments, helping with animal care organizations, and doing fundraising activities such as bagging groceries or wrapping gifts during the holidays.
Kuper Academy provides support for the growth of many student-led charity funds and awareness groups, such as: Saving Mothers, Locks of Love, The Mutiple Sclerosis Group, the Green Team, Free the Children, the Hema-Quebec Annual Blood Drive Team, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma campaign, for which Kuper has won a national award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
Every month a free-dress day is organized with the proceeds going to various charities including but not limited to: the Cure Foundation, Kids Help Phone, the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, and the Sainte-Justine's Hospital Foundation. One free-dress day that is particularly special for Kuper is when we support the Paolo's Garden Fund, in memorium of Paolo Santoro, a Kuper student who passed away from cancer while attending Kuper Academy.
Every autumn, the entire Kuper community works together on a major campus-wide fundraiser which takes the form of a walk-a-thon. Up until 2012, the walk-a-thon was for the Quebec Society for Disabled Children and the money raised was used to help renovate and maintain Camp Papillion, a facility designed with disabled children in mind. Over the years, Kuper has raised over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars earmarked for the renovation of Camp Papillion.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, Kuper began supporting The War Amps (and in particular their Child Amputee Program) as its major campus-wide fundraiser by continuing the tradition of the walk-a-thon, holding multiples raffles, and organizing other fun competitions to raise funds.
Because we believe firmly in the value of giving, The Kuper Academy community service program will continue to grow as a medium through which students can contribute to the world around them.