After careful consideration of the weather-related safety risks for our staff and families, we have decided to cancel the GFS on-campus activities planned for Monday's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. We are conscious of the potentially risky commutes many of our staff members, security guards, and food service employees would experience in order to create safe conditions on campus for our planned activities.
Although we were looking forward to coming together with students, families, friends, and neighbors in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this will surely not be our last opportunity. Learning about civil rights, social justice, and non-violent resolution to conflict are all integral to our school mission. I am proud of the thoughtful courses and student activities that take place year-round.
While Kathy Paulmier, Director of Community Involvement, and Emma Snope, Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow, will be making an effort to reschedule many of the planned activities, there are still ways you and your family can participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in a meaningful way:
- There is still time to sign up for The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service hosted by Global Citizen at Girard College. GFS volunteers will make flower arrangements and bouquets for homebound or bereaved neighbors in Germantown. If you are interested, please email Felicia Caviezel.
- Holsey Temple CME Church will host a hot lunch on Tuesday, January 22. They would welcome donations of pies and cakes on Tuesday morning and a J-Term class will deliver them in time for lunch for Germantown neighbors.
- You can continue to collect and prepare items to support the Parents Association's community-wide clothing, book and toy drive for Cradles to Crayons. From Tuesday, January 22 through Friday, January 25, volunteers will be accepting donations curbside on Coulter Street and in the Pennsbury-Greene lot between 7:45-8:30 a.m.
- Watch the film, King in the Wilderness, which chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.
Thank you to Amina Loder, Robyn Felzer, Kim Bynum, Kathy Paulmier, Emma Snope, John Pax, Jes Borkosky, and all of the volunteer parents and staff members who planned this meaningful day. I hope everyone has a safe long weekend and time to reflect on the important work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the generations of leaders who have affected positive change in our world.
Head of School
Germantown Friends School