Classes Serving Globally
All grade levels at Upland reach out globally to serve as both class projects and curriculum supporting experiences. Students connect with American troops stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan or earthquake ravaged Haiti. A highlight of the fifth grade year is participating in Kiva International, a group with the mission of connecting people around the world through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. In addition to promoting global service, the Kiva project connects to the students' study of world countries and cultures and math programs. The students studied different countries and small businesses and then made loans to support the local businesses. In just two months, the fifth graders invested in projects assisting people in Nicaragua, Togo, Kenya, Cambodia and the Philippines. The Upland community may be a small one, but the impact our students have on both local and global communities is extraordinary.