Students of UMS participate in a number of charitable activities, allowing them to understand and appreciate the need for giving back to the community. Students are well aware that not everybody lives a privileged lifestyle, and are taught that they do not own the world but rather share it collectively with others. Students participate in a variety of events which have been outlined below.
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Every year UMS participates in the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart event with proceeds benefiting the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Terry Fox Run
Students at UMS participate in the Terry Fox Run with proceeds going to the Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research. This has become a popular event held every September.
Veterans Association of Markham
In addition to having our students participate in the Markham Remembrance Day ceremony, the Remembrance Day Poppy Drive is an annual event at UMS. Each year all students are provided with a poppy and a small envelope for a voluntary contribution. We are pleased to present an annual donation to the Veterans Association of Markham.
Each year, UMS supports Toy Mountain and The Salvation Army by donating toys to struggling families through the CTV Toy Mountain Campaign.
Olde Tyme Christmas Parade
With festive parade floats, bands, dance troupes, and the guest of honour, Santa Claus, it is a magical night for all.
Markham Santa Claus Parade
UMS’ band performs in the annual Markham Santa Claus Parade, a City of Markham event presented by the Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise Inc. and the Markham-Unionville Rotary Club (not-for-profit organizations serving the residents and community of Markham, Ontario).
Lions Rotary Club
Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and other programs.
For almost four decades, supporting partner agencies has been an integral part of the important work carried out by United Way York Region (UWYR).
Five with Drive Foundation
Annually the UMS Parent Association and the UMS Student Council partner with Five with D.R.I.V.E. to engage UMS in the Sponsor-A-Family Program which provides families in need with small gifts of toys, clothes, household items, and food during the holiday season.