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Ramona Convent student Alessandra Soto recently celebrated the completion of her Girl Scout Gold Award project at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ramona Convent campus farm. From left are Principal Mary E. Mansell; Francois Laborie, director of Campus Ministry; Alessandra; and Sister Kathleen Callaway, president
Ramona Convent student Alessandra Soto recently celebrated the completion of her Girl Scout Gold Award project at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ramona Convent campus farm. With the help of her fellow Girl Scouts, her parents, and the Ramona community, Ali spent several months revitalizing the farm. She led efforts to repair the greenhouse, re-build planting areas, install new irrigation, build benches from recycled wood, and plant a variety of citrus trees.
"Ali was a tremendous help in the garden through her very well organized efforts and her call for Ramona Convent volunteers,” said Francois Laborie, Ramona Convent director of Campus Ministry and theology teacher. “Her vision for the farm has moved the farm project forward with not only rehabilitated structures and new plantings but she has also demonstrated to potential stakeholders that the Ramona Convent community has made a firm commitment to reestablishing a farming heritage left to us by our founding Holy Names Sisters. Potentially, this farm could feed and nourish so many members of our local community and continue to make Ramona Convent a beacon of hope. Every time I step onto the farm and see the amazing work Ali and our students have accomplished, I'm always reminded of the scripture passage from Ecclesiastes which reminds us that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens ... a time to plant and a time to uproot."
On the same weekend that Alessandra completed her project, Ramona families, in a collaborative effort of all members of the Ramona community, planted roses, lantana, and succulents, refreshing the entrance to the Roseheath garden on the other side of campus.
Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school for girls in grades nine through 12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education, a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confident leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of more than 125 years of excellence.
Ramona Convent Secondary School is located at 1701 W. Ramona Road, Alhambra. For more information, phone 626-282-4151, or visit www.ramonaconvent.org.