WHAT: From April 3 through April 7, Incarnate Word High School students are focusing on the issue of cyber-bullying. Each day, the students will focus on various aspects of the issue and discuss ways to combat it. IWHS freshmen created the campaign and are working to educate the entire student body on this issue.
One of the highlights of the week will take place, Tuesday, April 4, when Maurine Molak of David’s Legacy Foundation, attorney Jimmy Carter of the Don’t Bully Me (DBM) Project, and State Representative Diana Arevalo will present to IWHS students regarding the dangers of online abuse and the need to end cyber-assisted bullying. Molak, mother of the late David Molak, will present her son’s story and the damage that cyberbullying has caused within her family and community. Carter will present about David’s Law as well as the legal implications of cyber-assisted bullying for high school students. Representative Arevalo, who is a 2000 graduate of IWHS, will discuss the importance of standing up for others and empowering students to stand behind the social issues important to them.
WHEN: 8 a.m. – Tuesday, April 4
WHERE: Incarnate Word High School Gymnasium
727 E. Hildebrand Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212
*Spaces will be coned off for media parking.
Background: This project came about as the ninth grade English classes are reading the autobiography by Paige Rawl titled Positive. The author’s story is one that deserves and sadly demands our discussion and action as she is a survivor of cyberbullying. The author was born HIV positive and her father died of AIDS. This provided an opportunity to create awareness for the national epidemic of cyberbullying and the ramifications of those victimized by this cowardly act. Lawmakers will call our students to action and inform students of the laws and the necessary changes in the laws needed to deter the behavior and hold those accountable who participate in such behaviors.
Ninth grade students worked on a campaign proposal to bring awareness and a call to action for our campus regarding cyberbullying. Their campaign includes research, design, marketing, letter writing and community involvement. Proceeds benefit the David’s Legacy Foundation.
Below is the complete schedule of events:
April 4: Stand Together! Anti-cyberbullying panel and Stand Together T-Shirt. Special guest speakers.
April 5: Don’t be a bystander, STOP Cyberbullying today!
April 6: Be Aware! Students will be encouraged to sit somewhere different during and be aware!
April 7: Be the best kind of you! Free dress day.
A message from the University of the Incarnate Word:
The Village at Incarnate Word has passed the $2 million mark in its campaign to expand its elder care programs and provide additional health and wellness-related facilities for the residents of the Village, as well as seniors from the broader San Antonio community.
“This is an extremely important accomplishment for our campaign leadership team. By achieving the $2.2 million figure in our $3.4 million campaign, we can begin construction of some of the much needed facilities on our grounds,” said CEO, Steve Fuller.
According to Fuller, the campaign leadership, headed by co-chairs Rick Grinnan and Sister Yolanda Tarango, CCVI, has been engaged in the fundraising effort for “Expanding the Ministry” for less than a year and will now enter into the public phase of the campaign.
“I can think of no better way to invest my time than to help The Village expand the services they offer to their senior residents and also extend their good work to the community through the wonderful work of Sister’s Care,” offered campaign co-chair, Rick Grinnan. Grinnan, co-owner of the Republic of Texas Restaurants, also serves as Chair of The Village at Incarnate Word Board of Trustees.
The $3.4 million goal of the “Expanding the Ministries Campaign” was set by the Board of Trustees after an extensive study of the resources of The Village, as well as a planning and feasibility study to help identify the priorities of community leaders.
Elements of the Campaign that will begin construction as a result of achieving the $2.2 million mark will include renovations of the DeMatel House nurses station to create a more home-like and therapeutic environment, as well as technology improvements to the call lights and alarm systems in the facility. “The changes to the DeMatel House nursing facility, and the addition of aqua-therapy pools, will allow The Village to offer a higher level of rehabilitation options and pursue Medicare Certification, “ explained Fuller.
Construction on a new aquatic center and locker room addition will enhance wellness/fitness programs that will be used by both residents and members of the community.
The third element of the construction plan will include renovation of the dining room to increase dining capacity and enhance multi-use capabilities.
“Although we are beginning some of the much needed improvements at the Village, we still are keenly aware that we must raise another $1 million to complete the entire program as envisioned by the Board of Trustees for The Village,” said campaign co-chair Sister Tarango. “We are particularly excited to know that the completion of the Expanding the Ministry Campaign will also bring an expansion of Sisters Care “in-Home” services to include licensing for Hospice Services,” she concluded.
“A formal ground-breaking ceremony is planned at the Village on May 3rd at 3:00 p.m. to initiate the three major construction initiatives”, according to Public Campaign Chair,” Dana Terracina. “ We are also offering an interesting program on some important issues related to aging, along with a short video to describe how the improvements being undertaken at The Village through our ‘Expanding the Ministry Campaign will address these issues,” she concluded.
The Village at Incarnate Word, located at 4707 Broadway, is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization that was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1988 to further their ministries with the elderly by transforming their Motherhouse Convent into a retirement community for the lay and religious communities.
Today, The Village continues as a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Village operates under an independent Board of Trustees that is dedicated to ensuring that this ministry created by the sisters will serve a legacy of service beyond the lifetimes of the sisters themselves.
For more information about the plans for the major improvements at the Village, or how you can participate in the “Expanding the Ministry Campaign,” please contact CEO, Steve Fuller, or Development Director, Roland G. Mazuca at (210) 829-7561.