Assumption responds to encyclical on creation

Students, faculty and staff at Assumption High School, 2170 Tyler Lane, have heard Pope Francis’ call to care for creation and taken action.

After Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment — “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home” in June — a group of teachers at Assumption took part in an in-service session to discuss the encyclical’s message and the implications for the school.

As a result, the school’s Environmental Concerns Committee — composed of students, faculty and staff — formed a group of students and teachers to read and discuss the encyclical during the next two months.

The group plans to write articles to share what they’ve learned with other students, faculty and parents.

Other activities to care for creation at the school include:

  • Juniors in Catholic social teaching classes created flyers with their favorite quotes from “Laudato Si’ ” and posted the flyers around the school to raise awareness about the pope’s message.
  • Members of the Pea Patrol, a student group that monitors recycling and energy waste, will continue their work to make sure everyone at the school disposes of trash and recyclable materials appropriately.
  • The Environmental Concerns Committee has studied Assumption’s use of electricity and reported recently that the school’s usage was at its lowest in six years during the 2014-2015 school year.
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