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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.

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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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First Graders Build Community With Our Neighbors
First Graders Build Community With Our Neighbors

To learn about community, sometimes you have to leave the classroom. 

This spring, our three first grade classes took part in a "learning journey" of Germantown, hitting the streets to explore local businesses and public services. On Friday, these classes invited families to a pop-up museum/cafe/celebration called "A Taste of Germantown" to showcase their work and share food from local businesses. 

On each journey off campus, the students took photographs of neighborhood sites that caught their eye. (Computer teacher Ann Perrone equipped each student with a small digital camera and taught them how to use it.) These photos—of churches, cafes, streetscapes, firetrucks, and even dandelions—were showcased and set to music at the beginning of the event, with the first graders enthusiastically clapping along to the bouncy beat. 

With the leadership assistance of Kathy Paulmier, our Director of Community Involvement, our students met and conducted interviews with the owners and managers of the Germantown Espresso Bar, G-Town Radio, All the Way Live Restaurant, Uncle Bobbie's Cafe and Books, Sister Muhammad's Kitchen, and the Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 19. During the "A Taste of Germantown" event,  families could explore the displays around the room and peruse photos from the community visits and read the kids' interview questions and answers. Michael Johnson Byrne '29 says, "We learned about the stuff that can make a community better, like being kind to each other." 

In addition to the showcase of local services, the kids also made art featuring their favorite places in their home neighborhoods, created a 3-D model of our school and nearby buildings, and kept detailed, illustrated journals of their community explorations. 

So, what stood out most about these community studies for our first graders? Kai Austin '29 [pictured at the top of the story] says, "Neighborhoods are all different, but all good. It's nice to meet new people everyday. People are not all the same."