Published : Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 4:25 PM
Ramona Convent Secondary School (RCSS) has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Cool Climate Award in the area of Water Stewardship by the California Interfaith Power and Light, an organization of faith-based congregations committed to being “stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy. This ministry intends to protect the earth’s ecosystems, safeguard public health, and ensure sufficient, sustainable energy for all.” Everyone knows that Sister Anna Keim, SNJM and her passion, vision, and leadership in creating an action-oriented educational program for the students is what makes RMSS’ water stewardship effective.
On November 10th, Sister Anna, Ramona’s very own “water nun,” represented Ramona at the awards ceremony in Oakland. Here is what they shared about Ramona in the Award Ceremony Program:
“Ramona Convent, passionate about justice in its curriculum for young women, and mindful of the deep equity disparities brought on by lack of access to water, has integrated water education into the curriculum, designed to educate and instill habitual water conservation habits and thinking about water as a human right and justice issue. First-year freshmen and their parents receive an orientation at the beginning of the year on water facts and why the Sisters of the Holy Names have taken a stand against the privatization of water. At orientation, freshmen receive a water canteen with their name on it. All campus water fountains are filtered and Sr. Anna fills a big container full of filtered ice water every day. The freshman curriculum also includes the movie “Flow,” which shows the water hardship faced by the developing world, how tap water is cheaper, safer, and more regulated than bottled water, and how private water companies are exploiting communities. Two representatives from the Alhambra Water District come into the classroom to talk about water runoff and conservation. Every other year, there is a Water Assembly, organized by students, featuring local and global water concerns, such as the relationship between water use and fracking; the lack of clean water in developing countries; humanity’s impact on oceans; California’s drought; and a variety of water-conservation techniques. Each year, the school celebrates International Coastal Clean-Up Day with a Beach Cleanup at Long Beach. Ramona is currently in the process of a water audit, aiming to convert its lawns into California native landscaping employing drip irrigation.”
Congratulations, Sr. Anna and thank you for your vision! Ramona Convent is a school for girls in grades 9 – 12 that is set apart by a rich curriculum, expansive selection of college preparatory and AP/Honors courses, comprehensive co-curricular programs, and a welcoming community. Students travel through four years of high school with the support of spirited friends and expert, caring, and engaged teachers while surrounded by the inspiring beauty of a college-like campus. Ramona Convent Secondary School warmly invites you to visit and meet Ramona for yourself!
Ramona Convent Secondary School, 1701 W. Ramona Rd., Alhambra, (626) 282-4151 or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.