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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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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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MLB Champion Ryan Howard Shares Reflections on Public Service at Germantown Friends School
MLB Champion Ryan Howard Shares Reflections on Public Service at Germantown Friends School

Earlier this month, Germantown Friends School (GFS) Upper and Middle School students welcomed Ryan Howard, Major League Baseball World Champion with the Philadelphia Phillies, as the annual Mercer Tate '48 Lecture on Public Service speaker. 

 Howard, who now serves as a Partner at SeventySix Capital and Chairman of SeventySix Capital's Athlete Venture Group, was interviewed on stage by Wayne Kimmel, Managing Partner at SeventySix Capital, about his transition from baseball to entrepreneurship and how he continues to make a difference in our city and the world through meaningful investments and philanthropic initiatives. In addition to sharing his inspiration and passion for helping businesses grow, Howard shared how community involvement shapes his life's work. 

"Stand up for what you believe," Howard advised students. "Take action if you want to create change. You have to do something, do not sit around."

 Following the interview, GFS Varsity Baseball and Softball captains shared questions from students, ranging from favorite baseball traditions to the vision behind The Big Piece Foundation, an organization Howard started with his wife to improve the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development.

 "Ryan Howard was my first, and only, Phillies jersey, so it was really special to have him on campus presenting a lecture catered to the students, as so many of us have grown up as fans of his," said Tsega Afessa, a senior at GFS. "I also think that having an athlete and a person of color as the Mercer Tate lecturer was equally special. The main takeaways for me were the winning mentality that Mr. Howard told us to settle into as early as possible, and the fulfillment that comes with helping others starting off on a similar path as you did once your personal success has been achieved." 

 The Mercer Tate '48 Lecture at GFS was established in honor and memory of Mercer D. Tate, a lifer at GFS, and features prominent speakers from various fields of public service. Tate was a dedicated public servant devoted to the GFS community and to Philadelphia. Among his many public service activities, he was president of the Philadelphia Fellowship Commission, president of the United Neighborhood Centers of America, and a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, where he helped rewrite the state constitution.

 Two of Tate's children were present for the lecture, including Becky Miller, his daughter and GFS graduate of the Class of 1983; and Christian Tate, Class of 1989. Tate's grandson, Becky's son, Morgan, was also present. Richard Tate, Class of 1983, joined his siblings in reflections about the event:

 "It is wonderful to see students deeply interested in public service and finding their own voice to make change. Their community involvement stems from a genuine respect for all, and an interest in learning from their neighbors. Its is very hopeful to see our father's vision continue to come to life at GFS, and we are glad we have this opportunity each year through the Mercer Tate '48 Lecture to reflect on our service and think about new ways we can all make a difference."

 Diane Mallery, GFS graduate of the Class of 1980, helped to make this special experience possible, allowing current students to hear from these inspirational speakers and learn about different ways to be public servants. 

 "It is inspiring to come together in celebration of Mercer Tate, a dedicated public servant devoted to our school and to our city," said Dana Weeks, Head of School at GFS. "This annual lecture offers a moment for us to reflect on the importance of public service and think about ways we can each heed the call for change in our own way."