In order to benefit from the full comprehensive secondary school experience, students participate in Leland and Gray’s co-curricular program. Activities take place before and after school, weekends, and summer break. These include athletics, academic support, theatre, music, and a wide variety of enrichment activities. Many Leland and Gray faculty, staff, and community members teach their expertise in the arts, health, career education, and other areas that foster successful, safe passage into college and careers.
Cheered by loyal community fans, the Leland and Gray “Rebels” participate in statewide athletic competitions. We offer girls’ and boys’ soccer and basketball at the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity levels. In spring, students can join middle school, junior varsity, and varsity baseball and softball teams. Tennis and golf are available in season, depending upon student interest. Our athletic programs teach not only skills and strategy, but also goal-setting, commitment, self-discipline, fitness, leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, and passion.
Participation in Leland and Gray’s Theater program develops students’ personal qualities, such as language use, aesthetics, and confidence, as well as collaboration, respect, and commitment to a mutual endeavor. Every year, dozens of students in grades 7-12 participate as actors, musicians, and stage crewmembers in productions which include a musical, drama, and cabaret. The newly renovated Dutton Gymnasium is used as a performance space, and the addition of the Roland Gould Annex provides room for sewing, set building, and practice activities. Past productions include Footloose, Fahrenheit 451, Little Shop of Horrors, Romeo and Juliet, The Wizard of Oz, and Once in a Lifetime. Every summer, the Leland and Gray Performing Arts Exploration Camp attracts students of all ages from around Windham County who wish to learn the skills and experience the joy of theater.
Musicians can always be found in Leland and Gray’s band room, practicing numbers for the samba band, concert, and jazz bands, taking individual lessons with our music faculty, or jamming with each other during free time. Our middle and high school choruses and popular co-curricular a cappella group feature a challenging and eclectic range of music, and attract an enthusiastic group of students. Seasonal concerts at Leland and Gray and opportunities to participate in statewide events and competitions motivate our musicians to excel.
Our Help Empower Youth (HEY!) program offers numerous after-school activities based on students’ interests and academic needs. Photography, mountain biking, skateboarding, Frisbee, Dungeons and Dragons, and cooking are just a few of the many options offered throughout the school year. Daily students drop in to Homework Help to receive tutoring and enjoy a quiet study space. Both Leland and Gray staff and community members serve as mentors to participating HEY! students, helping them to connect hobbies and fun to perseverance and accomplishment.