Education of the whole young woman by today’s standards continues to be an ever-changing, ever-evolving commitment. At St. Teresa’s Academy, the term education means more than just academic readiness; it also involves the essential nurturing of the body, mind, and spirit.
Below are a few of the initiatives currently underway to support our students’ health and well-being.
Wellness Committee: As a subcommittee of the board of directors, the Wellness Committee works to bring awareness of better physical health to all students through education, counseling, and innovative ways of exercise. One program currently underway involves the school’s P.E. instructor collaborating with student clubs to expose students to dance, yoga, and the martial arts over the students’ lunch hour.
Bistro Fresh: A lunch program offering fresh, locally sourced, and natural foods that are nutritious, seasonal, and great tasting. With greater emphasis on healthy eating and lifestyles, St. Teresa’s hopes to empower students to change the way they think and feel about food.
Registered Nurse: An RN is available everyday to assist students with health and wellness related needs and issues.
Small Group Counseling: STA has partnered with outside therapists from Resolve Counseling and Great Oaks Therapy Center to bring students new and fun group ideas to help manage stressors and other events in their lives. This is a great way to take advantage of counseling services along with other students who may be experiencing some of the same challenges. All students are asked to complete a group counseling survey each year to assess needs and develop appropriate programming for our community.
REbeL: A student-driven education and prevention program designed to address eating and body image concerns. We’re a group of educated, determined students who have committed to redefining beauty for every body. But we aren’t like most organizations. We drive change – in the way people view themselves, in their self-confidence, in their understanding of beauty. We are a group of students making a profound impact. And we urge you to join the REbeLution. (Retrieved from re-bel.org)
SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions): This club organizes projects to raise awareness and improve knowledge and attitudes about the serious dangers of drunk driving and other destructive decisions.
Gone Too Soon - Missouri Highway Patrol, Sgt. Collin Stosberg, speaks to the student body regarding distracted driving (texting), speed, and DWI. He also discusses the importance of protecting all occupants by wearing a seat belt. The program specifically targets young drivers.
Be You Week: Be You Week, held each year in March, is sponsored by our STA REbeL Chapter. Each day of this week, REbeL members host events which focus on spreading REbeL's message of self-acceptance and changing our definition of beauty .. by just Being YOU!!! Students have an opportunity to engage in discussion, viewing a film and/or being part of a variety of activities which promote body positivity, challenging media bias regarding unhealthy standards of beauty and creating a kinder and more accepting self-view.
Sophomore Teen Exchange Seminar: This seminar, sponsored by MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault), was specifically developed for the St. Teresa's Academy sophomore class. The purpose is to lessen the ill effects of sexual assault and abuse through prevention, education, intervention and advocacy.