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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.

care for all

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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Paw-fect Portraits
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Heather Chu Marvill's eighth grade art students have added a new twist to promoting pet adoptions: showcasing adoptable animals through portraiture. 

Helped along by our Quaker Voluntary Fellow Emma Snope, Heather connected with Philadoptables, an organization dedicated to promoting adoptions from ACCT Philly.

To kick this project off, Heather explained that the kids looked at photos of the dogs and cats up for adoption online, and selected their favorite animals to create portraits. The medium for the portrait project was scratchboard (you can scratch away black on the surface to reveal white below), and the students paid close attention to light and dark values in each animal's image to create their portraits. Ethan Jih-Cook said, "Scratch art is very precise. You can't make one wrong mark, or that mark becomes part of your final product. You also have to dive right into it. You must think about everything." 

Ethan Jih-Cook with his portrait of Brownie. "She seemed so interesting. I liked her lighter spots here and there."

Ben Goldberg shows his portrait of Doc, a golden retriever. "They look so loving and nice," he said.

This week, the students got to draw from life, as Mandy Buhle, a volunteer for Philadoptables, brought her rescued dog Omar to be a model for the kids. Mandy stood with Omar and answered questions about him and adoption while the kids sketched, this time experimenting with charcoal and pencil, rather than scratchboard. "It's great to get people of different ages interested in adoption," Mandy said. 

The student artists were thrilled to have this chance to draw Omar. Isaac Okewole commented, "It's great to draw the animal in person. We can better show their personality and capture it in the drawing." 

Heather hopes that this project will help more adoptable animals find homes. She says, "Animals who experience homelessness or enter a rescue have their lives flipped upside down. They need someone to keep their spirits up." 

Kids can play a bigger role than they might realize in helping to relieve animal homelessness. Morgan Polley, PR and Development Specialist at ACCT Philly explains, "It's important to educate young people about the shelter crisis because THEY are the change that can happen to the current homeless pet system in Philadelphia. If they learn how important it is to adopt a dog instead of buy one, and how important it is to spay/neuter a pet, they can directly impact the number of animals in shelters like ACCT Philly. If they learn about how to help their local shelter, they can then be the activists in their neighborhoods and communities, and make a huge difference in the lives of homeless animals!"

Channel 6 ABC attended our day of live portraiture and helped us raise awareness of the urgent needs of Philadelphia's homeless animals. Check out the news coverage here. 

Heather will be collecting pet supplies, blankets, towels, and cat and dog food to donate to ACCT Philly. Please bring all donations to the art studio in the Sharpless Building by Tuesday, December 18.