April 11, 2021

Last Friday, our newest high school students received their Serviam pins. Serviam, our Academy motto meaning “I will serve,” is a calling for our young women to use their unique gifts and talents to help those in need. In that same spirit of service, we also recognized two seniors who attended last summer’s Beyond Our Borders service trip. In 2019, six former seniors and two present seniors, along with Beth Joubert ’80 and Sue Dorsey Heidel ’85, traveled to West Virginia to work on Bethlehem Farm for a week. Bethlehem Farm is a Catholic community in Appalachia that transforms lives through service with the local community and teaches of sustainable practices.

Serviam truly lives in the hearts of our Ursuline girls. This is also evident in the recent efforts of the Academy’s Senior Community Outreach Committee. Tomorrow, this committee will kick off an academy-wide Adopt-A-Tree service event with Pontchartrain Conservancy. Trees can be purchased for $10 each and will be planted in our local wetlands to protect the land from erosion. The committee’s goal… an acre of trees donated by Ursuline Academy! In order to do this, 400 trees must be sold.

When asked about this meaningful initiative, Senior Riley Talbot stated, “Our coastlines are disappearing fast. We are losing roughly a football field-sized land area each year. That is why it is so important to adopt a tree to be planted on our coastline!" Let’s help our Ursuline girls make a difference. Please join us in adopting a tree! For more details and to learn about class incentives, please read your division’s update. 

Cor Unum,

Dr. Margarita O'Byrne Curtis '69
Dr. Karen G. Jakuback