Ursuline's partnership with Stephen Ritz's Green Bronx Machine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center continues to flourish and grow, much like the colorful garden where students, faculty and staff harvested on Tuesday, July 30. For the second year in a row, Ursuline has joined forces with Green Bronx Machine to help provide nourishing fruits and vegetables to food insecure residents of the Bronx through the non-profit organization's partnerships with Part of The Solution Bronx (POTS) and Memorial Sloan Kettering's food pantry program for cancer patients.
Sophiana '20 volunteered with Ursuline students, grades 6-12 and harvested collard greens, tomatoes, basil, and peppers, and also weeded at the "Food For Others Garden" in the Bronx. She shared "In the summer, there's plenty of time for fun, but there's still plenty of time to live out the Ursuline motto of Serviam, and serve others." The produce harvested was immediately delivered to those in need. Mr. Ritz shared with the student volunteers that their "efforts would be feeding people healthy food that they need within hours."
Ursuline was first introduced to this special service-learning opportunity in 2018 when Stephen Ritz was the Keynote Speaker at our 5th Annual Global Education & Serviam Symposium. Each year through Ursuline's signature Global Education program, the entire school explores a topic of global importance. In 2018, focusing on the critical world issue of "Global Hunger and Food Justice," raised students' awareness of the astounding needs of the food insecure both locally and globally. "Through our Global Education programs, we strive to grow students' global problem-solving skills, but also foster empathy and understanding that the world's challenges are truly our shared issues," said Maria Perdoncin Barton, '83, Global Education Coordinator. Barton believes that "Service learning opportunities like Ursuline's work with the Green Bronx Machine, empower our students to embrace the idea they can help make a positive impact in the world, and in our neighboring communities."
Ursuline's Global Education & Serviam Symposium is made possible each year through a generous grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation.