Our student and faculty commitment to the community was brought to life even during the last few days of school! The week before graduation, the Class of 2019 spent a day helping others. Along with dedicated faculty, students worked on 10 projects that supported the community in different ways.
Community Day projects included:
- Holsey Temple CME Church Dining Room and Kitchen
Students were asked to serve plates on the hot lunch line, serving soup, toasting bagels, distributing coffee and tea, washing and drying trays in the kitchen, and providing general hospitality for about 100 guests.
- Sandwich-making for Holsey Temple
Holsey Temple serves a free hot lunch on Tuesdays, too. Students made sandwiches to give out for guests to take home after they received their hot meal.
- Litter Patrol
Keith Schenck, leader of Friends of Germantown Northwest and former GFS parent, led a group of students in cleaning the commercial corridor along Germantown Avenue.
- End-of-year Theater Department Support
Students assisted Ada, April, and Lisa in dismantling and re-organizing props, equipment, and costumes.
- Wissahickon Ravine Clean-up
Tom Myran led students in a hike into the Wissahickon ravine to clean-up "hot spots" of litter and fallen branches.
- Wooden Bowls for NPIN
Students worked with GFS woodshop teacher Eli Scearce to turn wooden bowls, which will be donated to the Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network's Empty Bowl Dinner. NPIHN is a "traveling homeless shelter" in the northwest section of Philadelphia.
- Cook for Face to Face Dining Room
Students made loaves of meatloaf to support Face to Face, the largest and most active feeding ministry in Germantown.
- Serve Lunch at Face to Face
Chef Altenor at Face to Face was in need of helping hands in final meal prep and serving in the dining room. Students worked in the kitchen and helped serve guests.
- Juneteenth Celebration support at the Johnson House
Cornelia Swinson, Director of the Johnson House, a documented Underground Railroad stop, invited GFS students to support preparations for the Juneteenth celebrations in Philadelphia. Students distributed event flyers, helped with clean up in the garden; and assigned vendor slots for the event.
- Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Early Childhood Center
Students helped beautify the campus with gardening, weeding, and painting.
Thank you to Kathy Paulmier, director of community involvement, for leading this important tradition.