The Tablet Jr. > Saint Elizabeth on Changing the World

BY CEANNE FULO, GR. 8
St. Elizabeth Catholic Academy

      Social responsibility is used everywhere in our world. At work, in businesses, and at school. At Saint Elizabeth Catholic Academy, we are starting to figure out how to be more socially responsible. We’re starting to do more things for the environment and are educating ourselves about how to do more. As students and the future generation of this school, we are learning how to be more environmentally friendly to save our world and others. For instance, in some classes, whenever we drop an iPad, we put a quarter in a jar, and at the end of the month, the money goes to a different charity or cause. This month, we’re donating to Australia to help them recover from the devastating wildfires that caused mayhem in their country.

          On the topic of helping, our school choir also goes to Trump Pavilion to sing to the elderly and sick during Christmas time. We were able to bring the people there joy and happiness. As students and people, it was our duty to bring back the light into their lives. Seeing the smiles on their faces made everything worth it. We also used to have a program called Middy Fund. In that extracurricular activity, we would talk about problems in our world and how to solve them. For example, we came up with solutions to lessen gun violence in schools and help kids get proper nutrition. Groups would be made and in those groups, we would discuss ideas on how to solve our problems all while making a difference in our world.

Now you might be wondering, how can students, in general, be socially responsible? As students, we are to be responsible for our actions and to tell the truth. At the end of lunch, you can usually see that the cafeteria is a mess. There are wrappers on the table and floor, and sometimes the chairs aren’t pushed in properly. We can lessen the burden of cleaning by putting our empty containers in the trash, soda cans, paper bags, wrappers, and plastic bottles in the proper recycling bins, and pushing our chairs in. When we leave the classroom, we should turn the lights and fans off. Anwar Fazal, well-known activist for issues such as the environment, health, and peace said: “Little people doing little things in little places can change the world.”

Social responsibility is very important in our lives. It brings attention to problems in our everyday lives. It encourages us to help others, change the world, save the environment, which is very important. As Carrie Underwood once said: “Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place not just take from it.”