Welcoming Displaced Ukrainian Students to WA
The Woodstock Academy is working to welcome Ukrainian high school students who have been displaced by the war into our educational community. Since we opened the boarding program in 2017, we have reached out several times to areas in the United States and around the world that have experienced natural disasters or other challenges and offered our help. This crisis is the most recent example and aligns with our mission.
We have reached out to our partners in Ukraine and Eastern Europe and let them know that if there were students who were displaced and needed to attend high school, we have the ability to host them. The response has been overwhelming and, at this point, there are already nine students who are interested in the opportunity. These students are between the ages of 14-18 and have left Ukraine and fled to Poland, Moldova, Romania, Italy, and other countries to be safe. They are unable to attend school and very much want to be back in an academic setting. The process to receive a Visa will take up to a few weeks.
Many people have already reached out to us to see how to help. These students have impressive goals to be doctors, teachers, scientists, and do not want to lose time in their academic experience. Clearly, their plans have been upended through no fault of their own. The students will have many needs – most of them still unknown to us at this time. The Academy is offering these students the opportunity to live and study here through the end of the year at no cost. We have also established a fund for these displaced students and are accepting financial donations to support them in a wide variety of ways, including but not limited to transportation, medical needs, visas, extra-curricular activities, technology, and clothing.
We have met with Pastor Kevin Downer and will be partnering with the First Congregational Church of Woodstock and other local faith communities to help support these students in many other ways in the coming months. Tony Gronski from the YMCA’s Camp Woodstock has also offered support in the form of summer programming as this aligns with their belief in youth development and social responsibility.
Gifts to the Fund for Displaced Students can be made online or by mailing a check made out to The Woodstock Academy Foundation to:
The Woodstock Academy
Attn: Advancement Office
57 Academy Road
Woodstock, CT 06281
We are fortunate to have the capacity to welcome these students and are grateful for your support of the newest members of The Academy’s community.
The Woodstock Academy