Bellarmine's Justice Summit a Huge Success

Our Justice Summit week, "Growing a Hope-Filled Future" was a great success!
We kicked off the week with an all-school mass on Monday and on Wednesday and Friday, students had the opportunity to do activities with their Formation class and attend breakout sessions focused on various aspects of sustainability. The Senior Formation classes removed invasive species and planted native plants on the north side of the bowl. Junior Formation classes planted and weeded with the Metro Parks staff at Eastside Community Center. Sophomore Formation classes worked at the Native Garden at Pt. Defiance, marked storm drains with Communities for a Healthy Bay, learned about issues that threaten the well being of the Salish Sea and its inhabitants with Harbor Wildwatch, or worked at the Giving Garden at UW-Tacoma. Freshman Formation classes walked to Snake Lake and removed invasive species such as ivy and blackberries from areas of the park and learned about the importance of caring for our community parks.

During the breakout sessions, students wrote letters to elected officials to advocate for environmental policies, did beach cleanups with South Sound Surfrider, installed a chicken coop, worm bins, rain barrels, and beehives at our Greenhouse, did an Eco-Examen Hike led by Ben Chu from Gonzaga University, watched the documentary Plastic Earth, learned how to repurpose t-shirts into pillows, and much, much more! Thanks to all the students and employees who helped lead the sessions and our community partners for providing these educational experiences for our students. A special thank you to our alumni connections, Brianna Charbonnel B’97 at Snake Lake, Lindsey Stover B’02, Executive Director of Harbor Wildwatch, and Jack Winch B’87, co-director of Plastic Earth, for their support of this program. Together we can continue to “Grow a Hope-Filled Future” and take actions to Care for our Common Home.

2023 Justice Summit: Growing a Hope-Filled Future