Students work to improve communities

Students at Assumption High School and Presentation Academy spent the last days of February making an extra effort to improve their communities.

Presentation Academy students Daisha Webster and Marybeth Webb planned a diversity week for the student body that was held Feb. 21 to 27. It included morning prayers or songs in different languages, ethnic meals for lunch, guest speakers and sessions in which students examined their use of stereotypes in slang expressions.

Marta Miranda, president and CEO of The Center for Women and Families spoke to the Presentation students on Feb. 26 about diversity and overcoming adversity.

Assumption High School suspended classes this week — Feb. 25 to 28 — to hold its annual Mission Week with the theme “Individuals Coming Together as One.” Instead of attending classes, students spent the week listening to guest speakers discuss topics such as dating violence, faith, homelessness, self-image and other topics.

Students also are spending the week doing service work both within the local community and in several other places, including Nicaragua, Belize, New Mexico, Indiana and Ohio.

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