For an 8th year at Leary’s Brook, our grade nine students will have the opportunity to participate in a national human rights program. Our school has been recognized nationally by the Asper Foundation as an exemplary group in Canada – an exceptional honour. The human rights theme is a strong focus within our school’s English Language Arts novel studies in grades seven through nine.
This educational program requires students to complete a nine-week Holocaust and Human Rights Awareness Program running on Sunday afternoons (2-5pm) from February until May.
A 16 hour volunteer component is also mandatory.
Upon program completion, students will travel to Washington D.C. from May 3rd- 8th, 2014 where trip itinerary includes visits to several of the Smithsonian Museums, The White House, The Lincoln and Vietnam War Memorials, Arlington Cemetery, and The Kennedy Centre.
The trip highlight, however, is centered around a full-day visit to The Holocaust Museum, which includes a powerful presentation by Holocaust survivor, Louisa Lawrence-Israels.
An official Asper graduation ceremony will be held in early June where these students receive their national diploma. They will also receive a DVD copy of highlights from their entire four months in the program, including the Washington trip.
This unforgettable cultural and educational program is available again this year to our grade nine students. Leary’s Brook students have proven themselves to be stellar human rights representatives.
Application forms will be available mid-September and are due at the end of the month.
Please contact your child’s English teacher for Asper information booklets/application forms.