In this edition of Living Laudato Si we celebrate the great work going on at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, TX. Incarnate Word High School was one of the first schools established by the Congregation, and is the oldest Catholic girls school in San Antonio. It is no surprise then as a long time ministry of the Incarnate Word Sisters, that they continue to embody the values of incarnational spirituality, including a strong concern for the earth, our common home.
Two particular classes they offer teach students not only about the science behind the natural environment, but also our interconnectedness to the natural world and responsibility to care for it. Environmental Science includes topics like conservation and sustainability, and the Aquatics class studies water issues including the impacts of pollution and ecological disasters.
Campus Ministry started a community garden project last year. They have big dreams of being able to use the fresh food grown in the community gardens by students to help provide healthy food options to low income members of the community that students are already in relationship with through various service projects.
Within the school itself, everyone collaborates to support the environment by recycling as much as possible including paper, plastic, ink cartridges, and even old computer equipment. The school is hoping to convert their water fountains to support re-filling reusable water bottles. They also use LED lights throughout the school building.
And it’s not just students and staff, parents support the work to care for creation as well. The Parent Teacher Organization has been active in planting trees and doing landscaping throughout the school’s campus.
Thanks to all at Incarnate Word High School for your commitment to Live Laudato Si and care for our common home! We can’t wait to see what the students do next!