Grey Nun Academy Awarded Connelly Foundation Grant To Fun Student Diversity Program

Langhorne Peace Center Program Teaches Students to Become Compassionate Members of a Diverse Community

January 29, 2019 (YARDLEY, PA) --  Grey Nun Academy announced today that it was the recipient of a substantial grant from the Connelly Foundation that afforded students the opportunity to experience a five-week, classroom-­based diversity and character education program during the 2018-2019 academic year. Sponsored by the Langhorne Peace Center, the Celebrating Me, Celebrating You program assists in building classroom empathy and community, introducing concepts of tolerance and diversity, and interrupting stereotypes and assumptions. The program was delivered in five 45-minute classroom lessons taught by experienced Peace Center educators during the fall of 2018.

Diversity education programs help to create a safe and accepting educational environment for all students,” said Mrs. Liz Cannon, School Counselor and program coordinator. “Each of our students has a unique story and we are glad for the opportunity to let their voices be heard. We are also incredibly grateful to the Connelly Foundation for allowing us to take advantage of such a wonderful program.”

Though activities, discussions, stories, and crafts, students in grades 3 through 5 learned how to create stronger classroom community through a wide-range of exercises including: identifying and managing emotions, identifying and exploring identities, developing personal self-esteem and empathy for others, and practicing respectful dialogue and communication skills.

Over the course of five weeks, Langhorne Peace Center educators visited the classroom and encouraged students to celebrate their differences, teaching them to stand up to bullying or prejudice, and allowing for better peer relationships and stronger self-esteem.

"This is yet another outstanding program offered to our students that reinforces our mission-centered education that welcomes all faiths and cultures,” said Deborah Kost, Grey Nun Academy Head of School. “We are proud to give our students the tools they need to be more compassionate citizens of the world, and feel so fortunate to have the support of the Connelly Foundation to enable us to provide this program.”

Grey Nun Academy also extends the opportunity to attend a full-day diversity program to its Middle School students this March. Hosted at The Haverford School in Haverford, PA, the Middle School Diversity Conference allows students to engage with others in discussions and activities regarding diversity, segregation, privilege and the creation of positive change in the school community.

About the Langhorne Peace Center
The Langhorne Peace Center is a non-profit educational organization that specializes in conflict resolution and violence prevention for schools, families and communities. The Peace Center has been working for community peace and social justice since 1982.

Click here for high-resolution photos of GNA students in action with the Langhorne Peace Center  program: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmpCTzNb.  

About Grey Nun Academy
Founded in 1963 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Grey Nun Academy is an independent, Catholic, coeducational, Lower (PreK-5) and Middle school (6-8) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Academy's mission is to offer an academically rich curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual students while respecting the rights, interests, and dignity of each child. Grey Nun Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and dually accredited by Middle States Association and AdvancED.  The Academy welcomes children of all faiths and cultures. The school's educational process leads children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world. To learn more, please visit: www.greynunacademy.org or call 215-968-4151.