St. Stephen students pledge their care for Earth

Martina Love, teacher, and students Matthew Giancola, Cameron Burneisen, Konner Beichner, Gary Hartle, Alexis Fry and Lily Czekeres, (Peyton Lietrbach and Taylor Gibson not shown) with Sister Tina taking the “The Earth Pledge” (By Sister Marian Wehler, OSB)
From staff reports

“Protect our Species,” the theme for 2019 Earth Day, caught the interest of St. Stephen School 5th graders as they prepared their projects for the school’s annual Science Fair.

Each student researched a particular endangered species, including why it is endangered and what we can do to help it survive. They will share their endangered species displays and reports at the Oil City Library. They will host an open house for the public from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. The students will be available to discuss their passion to protect their chosen animals on the endangered species list. Their poems and quotes inspired by Pope Francis’s letter “to all people on the Earth about ‘Care for our Common Home, the Earth’” will be included in their displays.

St. Stephen’s School Earth Ribbon Tree will also be a part of the Oil City Library Display from May 1
through May 15. Earlier in the year, the students had participated in the Catholic School Week “Earth Ribbon Project,” during which each student had placed a ribbon on a tree to show their commitment to care for the earth.

Refreshments will be served as the students welcome the public to join them in conversation.