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July 15, 2022, Shaker Heights, Ohio – St. Dominic School in Shaker Heights, Ohio – where 30 Adrian Dominican Sisters and 18 former Adrian Dominican Sisters taught from 1952 to 1978 – was named one of 27 Green Ribbon Schools and the only one in Ohio.
The U.S. Department of Education designates schools as Green Ribbon for their “innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education,” according to a press release issued by the Department.
“This year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honorees have raised the bar for sustainability, healthy and safe school environments, and hands-on learning experiences that connect students of all ages to the world around them,” said Miguel Cardona, Secretary of Education.
In a document highlighting the achievements of Green Ribbon Schools, the Department of Education notes St. Dominic School’s 2016 Caring for God’s Creation Initiative, in which lights were upgraded to LED bulbs and low-flow fixtures and water bottle filling stations were installed. Students are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to school and the cafeteria offers reusable trays, cups, and flatware. About a quarter of the school’s lunches include locally grown and produced foods.
St. Dominic School offers STREAM education, focusing on Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Science classes focus on ways to interact respectfully with living things and the environment, and each grade also focuses on solving infrastructure problems. In addition, students in grades 5 to 8 are invited to join the Earth Ambassadors, learning about environmental issues at the school and beyond and organizing the school’s observance of Earth Day each year.
Sustainability has also been a focus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Both the 2016 General Chapter and the recent June 27-July 2, 2022, General Chapter have approved Enactments calling the Congregation to efforts at sustainability. The 2022 Enactment calls on the Adrian Dominican Sisters to become a Laudato Si’ Congregation, collaborating with other Catholic organizations throughout the world in the seven-year, seven-goal Laudato Si’ Action Platform. The 2015 encyclical by Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ calls on all people of goodwill to work toward the healing of Earth, our “common home.”
July 8, 2022, Tecumseh, Michigan – Sister Mary Louise Putrow, OP, author, and Associate Arlene Bachanov, Editorial Assistant, will offer a presentation on Seeds of Change, the latest history book of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The presentation – held on Zoom from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 – is sponsored by the Tecumseh District Library.
Seeds of Change covers the years of 1962 to 1986, including the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ pivotal 1968 Chapter of Renewal, held in response to the Second Vatican Council’s call for renewal of congregations of women religious in the Catholic Church. Through text, photos, and interviews with Sisters who lived through the years covered by the book, Seeds of Change tells the story of the many changes that took place during those decades that still affect the Congregation today.
More information can be found on the Tecumseh District Library’s Facebook post. Registration to receive a Zoom invitation can be accessed here.
Copies of Seeds of Change sell for $15 and are available through the Weber Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center. They can be ordered by calling 517-266-4035 or emailing the shop at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be bought in the shop, located in the Weber Retreat Center on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The shop is closed for lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Watch the recorded presentation below.