From 4:00 to 5:15 pm each day, Saint Martin de Porres Academy offers a full range of enriching co-curricular activities that give our students the opportunity to explore their interests and to develop social maturity, leadership skills and initiative.
Volunteers lead many of our co-curricular activities and each session runs approximately 8 weeks.
If you have a skill or talent you are willing to share with our students, please CONTACT US.
Arts • Science • Service
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Orange, Derby-Shelton and New Haven, Interact Club works to make a difference in both our local and global communities.
Our students have raised funds to:
- Provide bio sand filters in India
- Aid students in Fukushima, Japan
- Sponsor the education of students at St. Collette’s School in Haiti
They also collaborate with local nonprofit organizations by holding drives for food, toys and personal hygiene supplies for homeless shelters.
Meets once a week with Founding Board member, Michael Dowley, who teaches our students the skills and importance of home-improvement, construction and repair.
Fix-it-Club members have built and repaired such items as:
- Picnic table in our Community Garden Area
- Wooden cross and stand for Morning Gathering
- Lost and Found Bin
- Sound System Drawer
- Movable wooden stairs for our stage
Each year, Mr. Dowely presents graduating members of the Fix-it-Club with their own tool kits.
Peace and Justice Club
Serving the greater New Haven community, the Peace and Justice Club members participate in community service activities such as:
- Preparing meals at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and Amistad Catholic Worker House
- Volunteering at New Reach – Care Ways Shelter
- Sanitizing donated toys for ‘r Kids
- Tutoring elementary school students
Through Peace and Justice, our students experience the power of service and practice the skills that will help them grow as responsible citizens.
Girls Leadership Club
Launched in 2016, Girls Leadership cultivates leadership skills such as:
- Public speaking
- Conflict resolution
- Group listening and facilitation
- Developing self-advocacy and empathy.
Our girls are learning about strong female role models, and are creating a living HERstory museum for Women’s History Month that will bring historic female role models to life for the entire school family.
The Academy has a robust and successful sports program, and many of our students play on multiple sport teams. A large number of our graduates go on to play in high school and college, many in leadership roles.
Attending Sporting Events
With the support of generous and long-time friends of the Academy, our students have visited The Basketball Hall of Fame and annually attend Yankees, New York Mets and Bridgeport Bluefish baseball games. Additionally, our basketball team plays during half-time at Yale basketball games!
To learn more about how field trips and enrichment activities foster a broader worldview, see our page on Experiential Learning