Over the March Break, Ms. O'Grady and Mr. C. Trentadue '09 travelled with nine students from SMCS and HNMCS to the farthest reaches of the globe in an effort to help build the foundation of a school in the village of Antri, in the Rajasthan Province of India.
The overarching goal of the trip was to help give students in this small village access to education, while educating SMCS students on the rights of women in India.
During the trip, students assisted with the construction of the foundation of a school, and also took part in many activities where they were directly immersed in the local culture. Students also visited the Kumbhalgarh Fort, built in the 15th century, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has the second longest wall in the world; next only to the Great Wall of China. Other highlights of the trip included visits to Udaipur City Palace, Catfish Temple, and a few days spent in Agra, visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal.
One of the most meaningful activities for the students was connecting with a family in the Antri village, where students had the opportunity to visit community homes.
Through these St. Michael's College School extended learning opportunities, students develop their leadership potential by playing an active role in their local and global communities. Trips like these provide students with the chance to see the world through a different lens, forge lifelong friendships, and participate in activities that many will have otherwise never had the opportunity to partake in.