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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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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Chloe Smith-Frank '19 Leaves Her Mark in Nicaragua
Chloe Smith-Frank '19 Leaves Her Mark in Nicaragua

Over the past school year, Chloe Smith-Frank '19 did a huge amount of work to raise money to support the construction of a school in Nicaragua through the organization BuildOn. Smith-Frank raised more than $13,000 towards the school, and in June, she and GFS Spanish teacher Rachel Bradburd trekked to Nicaragua for a week to help begin building the school in the community of El Chamarro #2, along with students from four other US schools.

Smith-Frank and Bradburd spent a week providing non-skilled labor support, doing cultural activities, and getting to know the community.

Each member of their 10-person team (two teacher chaperones and eight students from five different schools) got to place a brick on one of the exterior walls on their last day, putting a hand print on the outside so they could literally leave their mark on the school.

The school teams worked with four or five skilled laborers (engineers, etc.) as well as with eight men and eight women from the community; the community must agree to staff non-skilled laborers on the build, and every member must sign an agreement that they support the building of the school.

Since Smith-Frank, Bradburd, and the other school teams stayed with host families, many members of the group got to know school-aged children who will attend the school as soon as it is completed, including many of the kids pictured in the photo below.

Smith-Frank and Bradburd also got to visit the children at their current school one day, and taught them some basic English phrases as well as the song "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." The community currently has two small school buildings, but there are more school-aged children than can fit the space, so many children have to learn outside under the hot sun or in the rain. The local government agrees to staff schools with teachers based on the space they have, so by adding two more rooms, they are also guaranteed two more teachers.

"It was a pretty incredible journey, and I was so inspired and awestruck seeing Chloe lay a brick on the site of the school she worked so hard to raise money to build!" shared Bradburd.

A view from the top of a hill that overlooks the community. The roof tops are the homes of the community members.

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