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explore our CAMPUS

What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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speak the truth

We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

stay connected

"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

keep it simple

In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

promote peace

We believe each life is precious and unique. We stand against war and violence and work to eliminate their root causes, including ignorance, racism, hatred and oppression. We are committed to creating peace.

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Fun Day + Lantern Festival

Saturday, October 21, 2017
GFS Fields (athletics events) and Main Campus, 31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

GFS hosts Fun Day + Lantern Festival, a celebration of community, honoring the Light in all people through arts, music, food and fun.

This event builds upon (and expands!) the time-honored tradition of Fun Day. 

Fun Day + Lantern Festival will be open to all members of the GFS community, as well as to neighbors and friends. 

Schedule of Events

Come out early and show your Tiger Pride at 2 p.m. with the opportunity to cheer on our teams as they compete in athletic events at the GFS Fields. Then, head to Main Campus at 4 p.m. for the Fun Day festivities. The evening will conclude with a community procession of light (featuring our lanterns) at sunset. 

Please see below for a general timeline of the day:

2 p.m.: Athletic Events, GFS Fields
4 p.m.: Fun Day (games, food, booths), GFS Main Campus
6:45 p.m. (sunset): Lantern Parade, GFS Main Campus 

Fun Day Activities

As always, Fun Day activities for all ages include bouncy rides, the Middle School book sale, great food, and more.

On Fun Day, the entire GFS community—students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and neighbors—joins together to raise funds for student activities and clubs. The students’ creativity, resourcefulness and joy is on display at the various booths, games, and food stands organized and run by the clubs and affinity groups.

Lantern Festival

Lanterns will be the centerpiece of the celebration of community, honoring the Light in all people through arts, music, food and fun. 

Over the course of several weeks, we will build community by engaging the GFS community and Germantown neighbors in an art-based, creative, collaborative lantern-making project and celebration of light. 

Artist Gowri Savoor will be doing a residency on campus from September 22-October 5. 

In addition to leading lantern workshops on her own, Gowri has trained our art teachers and other creative folks in our community to teach lantern-making to our students, faculty, and staff, who will be all be making lanterns in the weeks leading up to the festival. 

You're Invited to Get Involved

Our neighbors in the Germantown community are warmly invited to participate in lantern making and the Fun Day + Lantern Festival as a whole. 

There will be four Community Lantern-Making Workshops, which will take place Saturday, 9/30 and Sunday, 10/1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Please note the following and complete the Community Workshops registration form if you would like to participate.

  • This workshop is suitable for adults and children
  • Open to parents, faculty, staff, neighbors, and friends (everyone!)
  • Workshops are free to attend
  • All tools and materials will be provided
  • Space for each workshop is limited to 25 people

All members of the community are welcome to participate in the Lantern Parade, even if you have not made a lantern. 

About the Artist

A River of Light founder Gowri Savoor is a visual artist and teaching artist, whose practice includes sculpture, painting and the Indian art of Rangoli. Born in England, she was educated in Manchester and Leeds, and moved to the United States in 2007. Having trained with organizations such as Walk the Plank, she has been teaching local communities to host school and district-wide lantern parades in the UK and the US.

She is passionate about bringing art to the community through participatory art events and has been a teaching artist for over 17 years. Since 2010, Savoor has been the the co-organizer and artistic director of A River of Light in Waterbury, as well as facilitator of numerous parades in towns across New England.


For Fun Day inquiries, contact Cara Patchell.
For Lantern Festival inquiries, contact Duane Michelle Sims

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