Haven Helpers is a PTO sponsored program at Ray. Haven Helpers is a community service focused program at the Ray School designed to help support the Upper Valley Haven, a homeless shelter in White River Junction. A small group of Fifth Grade students become Student Leaders to help promote and run the program. The fifth graders help to organize, chart and celebrate the various collections. Each month, a grade level is assigned one month to collect food and other needs for the Haven. In December, we hold school wide collections for socks and underwear. It is important for all students to be aware of and responsive to the needs of the greater community.
International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. It began in 2009, featuring the story from Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot. The Ray School celebrates Dot Day at the beginning of the school year. During art class, the students create clever dot art. We have a culminating assembly in which the whole school dresses in "dots" and sings The Dot Song. The main idea is to encourage students to "make a mark and see where it takes you." It's a great way to kick off the school year with the message of giving a try, persevere and pride.
During the last week of school, the art department at Ray invites an author/illustrator to come and spend the day with the students of the Ray School. It's a great way to learn about how a book is created and meet a "real life" artist/author. Students engage in Q & A and are often asked to pose for our guest. In the past, Ray Schoolers have welcomed Matt Tavares and Marty Kelley with rave reviews! This has become a welcomed annual event as we close out our school year.