Awareness Day

Regular classes are put aside one day a year as students attend workshops on a variety of topics of concern to today's youth. Each Awareness Day helps to raise consciousness and increase the commitment of Holy Angels to build the earth in a positive way.

Each year, topics vary based on the theme of the day. Below is a sampling of the workshops offered in recent years during Awareness Day.

2016 - Caring for Common Home

  • The Evolution of the Greenhouse at AHA: Follow Project Greenhouse from the dream to the reality  
  • Hydroponics – Envision a world with sustainable agriculture and food security 
  • Here Comes the Sun: Using clean energy in the greenhouse. See how the solar heater is being built by students 
  • Get Hooked: Do you know what is living and growing in the Bio lab? Hear from Environmental Science students who are raising trout.  Get hooked on trout and the importance of clean water.
  • Heavy Metals in the Meadowlands Toxic metals in the Meadowlands pose a threat to all life. 
  • Dirty Details on the Environment – What is really under our feet while walking on campus? Explore the surprising soil at AHA.
  • Global Warming and Infectious Disease: How did the zika virus became a global issue? 
  • Did you say SDGs?  Learn the basics about the Sustainable Development Goals that have been created by the United Nations
  • The Story of Stuff:  Is overconsumption impacting us and our environment?Hackensack Riverkeeper: Protecting, preserving & restoring the Hackensack River Watershed - and more: How people can get more involved in environmental & enviro-justice work. 
  • There’ll Come A Day – Be inspired. Appreciate the environment through the power of songs. Be ready to lift your voice and to be heard.
  • Rock On: How the study of geology helps us understand the challenges we now face as stewards of the Earth. Are we on the verge of the sixth mass extinction?  (Examine specimens fossils, rocks etc.)
  • Farm to Table: Sustainable Farming Learn the value of eating locally grown food that’s in season and how to respect the earth as well.
  • Guests in God’s House: Greenfaith Advocacy and appreciation for the environment will be the focus of this workshop.
  • Photographing Nature See photos learn techniques, ask questions.  Bring your camera.
  • New Jersey Rare Wildlife   Gain an overview of the rare wildlife in NJ and how to protect them.
  • Veganism Fostering a greater appreciation for all creation by one’s everyday choices
  • Butterflies for Beginners –Identify the butterflies in your backyard
  • The Environmental Crisis Through the Eyes of a Peace Corp Volunteer. Gain an appreciation of the impact of climate change on the poorest countries
  • Why is Pope Francis concerned about Planet Earth our common home? 
  • The Unknown Palisades (all 10th grade)
  • Endangered NJ (all 9th grade)
  • Green Careers: Career Panel for the Class of 2017 (all 11th grade)

2015 - Making a Difference Close to Home

  • The Future of Renewable Energy
  • Experiences on Both Sides of the Mexican Border
  • How Climate Change Affects What We Eat
  • What Do Therapy Dogs Really Do?
  • ESL: Giving the Keys to a New Life in a New Country
  • Creating a Healthy Lifestyle in College and Beyond (Seniors Only)
  • Reflections: Why Should I Serve Others?
  • Grow a Row: Healthy Food in Hungry Stomachs
  • Family Promise: Addressing issues of Homeless Families in Bergen County
  • Father English Center, Paterson: Advocating for People in Need in Paterson
  • Caroline House: Immigrant Struggles
  • SSND Educational Center: Emporwering Women to Make a Difference
  • First Friends: Ministry to Asylum Seekers
  • Hackensack River Kepper: Caring for the Hackensack Watershed
  • Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels: Meeting the Needs of Homebound Neighbors
  • Center for Hope and Safety: Helping to Break the Cycle of Domestic Violence and Dating Abuse
  • Bergen County Volunteer Center: Learn How YOu Can Share Your Gifts; Volunteer
  • St. Ann's Soup Kitchen and Pantry Serving the City of Newark
  • Hunger 101: Learning the Truth About Hunger Here in NJ
  • Mahwah Environmental Volunteers Organization (MEVO): Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Bergen County
  • Read to Know: If You Can Read You Can Serve
  • Sharing the Arts - Special Needs Kids in the Spotlight Through the Performing Arts
  • New Jersey Recovery Advocates Inc.: Support for families touched by addiction
  • Englewood Hospital Volunteering for a Healthy Community
  • Economic Inequality: Fighting for a Fairer Potluck Party (All Sophomores)
  • Community Food Bank of NJ/AHA Campus Ministry (All 9th Grade Students)
  • 11th Grade - Doing Well While Doing Good (All Juniors)

2014 - Think Globally/Act Locally

  • Climate Reality: A Call to Action
  • The World We Want in 2015 and Beyond: How Can We Create Peace? How Can We End Poverty?
  • Helping Our Own in Jordan:The Life and Needs of the Syrian Refugees and OPSmile’s Response
  • Push and Pull Factors for Immigrants:  Challenges and Opportunities
  • A Line in the Sand: Personal Stories about People Affected by U.S./Mexico Border Migration
  • Ministry to Asylum Seekers: Experiences with People Held in Immigration Detention Centers
  • Why are People Freaking Out about Fracking?
  • Peace: Stand Up for a Nuclear Free World
  • Equality Now: Critical Questions Young 21st Century Women throughout the World Must Ask
  • Human Trafficking: The Exploitation of People
  • Humanitarian Efforts in Cuba
  • You Can Make a Difference: Catholic Relief Services and Humanitarian Emergency Response to Disasters 
  • Guantanamo Bay Detention Center
  • A Path Out of Hunger: Working to End Hunger with Bread for the World
  • You Can't Cure AIDS with Band-Aids: the Real Facts about AIDS
  • Panel Presentation: International Career Opportunities - Angel Alumnae Transform the World

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