On April 14, Sisters and Nazareth employees joined with the children and staff of St. Joseph’s Montessori school to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.

The group first gathered at St. Vincent Church for songs and prayer and to watch a presentation from the volunteers with Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc. The volunteers brought along a raptor, a turkey vulture and a barn owl. They spoke about the importance of these and other birds to our ecological system.

The celebration then continued out to the grounds at Nazareth where a young red-tailed hawk was released in the hopes that he will make his home at Nazareth Campus. The Montessori children entertained the crowds with songs about caring for the earth. A Kousa Dogwood then was planted in tribute to former director of Nazareth Campus Services, Carol Rogers, SCN.

Trees and planting instructions were handed out to employees to take home and plant. The group then moved inside to take in the displays of environmental information. Nazareth employee Jerry Hurst displayed the barn owl box he built. He will soon place the structure on campus in the hopes of attracting barn owls to nest.

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