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Community Projects

GFS co-leads with universities and neighborhood associations to create and open a space for community projects in art, sustainability, and education. Projects are also coordinated between GFS students and students from the community's surrounding public and private schools. Specific programs include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Bread Baking for the Whosoever Gospel Mission, Logan Elementary School partnership, and Citizen Wednesdays.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The Office of Community Engagement hosts a Day of Service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day each year. Activities typically include a keynote with a special guest speaker, community drives, workshops and screenings, and reflections of the day.

Bread Baking for Whosoever Gospel Mission

The Whosoever Gospel Mission Bread Baking project was founded by retired Lower School teacher Daniel Rouse. Each year, the second grade bakes a dozen loaves of bread each month for the Mission to use during their evening meals. Since 1998, a total of 2,700 loaves have been made by students and delivered by GFS parents to the Mission.

Logan Elementary Partnership

Head of School Dana Weeks and James Logan Elementary School Principal Chuanika Sanders-Thomas participated in a press conference with Upper School students from Anne Gerbner’s and Meg Cohen Ragas’ Ethics and Activism journalism class and fourth-grade students from Logan, who write their school’s newspaper. The topic was leading a school during a pandemic. The students came up with some great questions and engaged in a wonderful discussion with the school leaders.

Citizen Wednesdays

Citizen Wednesdays, a program for students in grades 6-12, is an opportunity for exploration and activism in the area of Food Justice and Environmental Stewardship. Students spend time connecting with local activists fighting for healthy food access across Philadelphia, and learning about organizations working with legislators to protect the environment. Learn more here.