Earth Week Festivities

Toni Spellacy

Bellarmine’s Earth Week celebration from April 18-22 was a great success and showcased the hard work of the Sustainability representatives and committee. The week featured a Formation lesson on Tuesday that included rock painting and important education about care of our planet. Tuesday’s spirit day was Ocean Blue day, so many students were sporting blue hues. 

The festivities continued on Wednesday, with an Earth Week Extravaganza at lunch. “The fair was a good mix between education and fun, celebrating the earth. I loved the treats provided and learning about facts about the environment,” said senior Allie Bunn. Students enjoyed wearing their second-hand clothes for the thrifted clothes spirit day on Wednesday.

Thursday featured an Earth Week prayer service during formation that included poems and group prayers to honor our planet. The rocks that students painted in Formation were blessed by Fr. Pete Henriot, S.J. to be used in the new St. Kateri habitat near the greenhouse. This habitat will serve as a meditative garden for the students of Bellarmine to visit next year.

 Further, all week there were earth-themed Examens to end the day. Many included passages from Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si, his call to care for our planet. The week ended with the “floral” spirit day, a great end to a wonderful week.

Photo courtesy of Bellarmine Prep