Students, faculty and administrators of Stella Niagara Education Park celebrated Peace Week from Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.
Peace Week at Stella Niagara coincides with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the Sisters of St. Francis. Following in the tradition of St. Francis, the Stella Niagara community is dedicated to caring for the environment and fostering peace in the world. Stella Niagara has been an official Peace Site since 1989. Each year the school population recommits to the cause of peace in the world.
"This year our environmental project is called 'Bottles FOR Water,'" said Kristen deGuehery, director of Institutional Advancement. "The campus is collecting returnable plastic bottles to raise money for Heifer International. Money raised from Bottles FOR Water will go toward funding a well in a Third World nation."
Students will be bringing in bottles throughout the month of October. "In addition, they are learning about the lack of clean water for a large portion of the world's population," deGuehery explained. "It is estimated that 780 million people do not have access to a clean water source."
Other Peace Week activities included students holding a prayer and pledge in front of the statue of St. Francis of Assisi; students forming prayer partners and writing how they intended to be peacemakers throughout the year; and students preparing and depositing entries into a time capsule, which will be opened on the last day of school in June 2014.
Above, Sister Margaret Sullivan, principal of Stella Niagara Education Park, gives the peace sign along with the school community during an outdoor activity to commemorate Peace Week.