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explore our CAMPUS

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.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

we have deep roots in this place

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Quaker Education

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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speak the truth

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.

Shine Together

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.

stay connected

"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.

keep it simple

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.

promote peace

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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Dinner for 1,000

Dinner for 1,000

Kate Felsen di Pietro '84 and her restaurateur husband Luca have spent their quarantine feeding the frontlines.

Kate Felsen Di Pietro '84 and her restaurateur husband Luca have spent their quarantine feeding the frontlines.

On Saturday, May 2, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as part of his Coronavirus newsletter, shared a special "Deep Breath Moment" shout-out to a cause close to Kate Felsen Di Pietro '84's heart: "New York City restaurateur Luca Di Pietro has raised over $1.26 million in donations to feed frontline workers through his Feed the Frontlines NYC initiative."

Fast forward more than a week, and that number has climbed to almost $1.3 million—not bad for what started as a family effort and has now grown into a national movement.

When COVID-19 first shut down Manhattan in mid-March, the restaurant industry, including Luca's five-restaurant group, Tarallucci e Vino, was hit hard; reduced to only providing take-out and delivery services, Luca was forced to shutter four of his locations and cut his staff by 95 people. Then a concerned college friend of Kate's called and ordered 40 meals to be delivered to workers on the frontline—and the seed for Feed the Frontlines NYC was planted.

"Luca got the idea that this could be something more than just a one-time act of kindness," Kate told journalist Karine Jean-Pierre on Conversations with Karine Jean-Pierre in late April. "It could be a way of keeping the restaurant open, keeping people employed, and nourishing frontline workers."

Since March, those initial 40 dinners have evolved into almost 90,000 meals delivered to date (more than 1,000 per day), serving 41 hospitals across New York City and the surrounding boroughs. More than 100 restaurant employees have returned to work. While Luca manages the Feed the Frontlines NYC's "big picture" and Kate—an award-winning journalist and communications and marketing specialist—works on funding, media, and developing partnerships, son Ian, 19, a freshman at Williams, oversees the organization's spreadsheets, and daughter Isabella, 22, a senior at Harvard, runs operations; just months shy of graduation, she took a leave of absence from school to devote herself to the cause full time.

"For now, I'm committed to doing the work that I'm currently doing until there is no need any more," Isabella told The Harvard Gazette. "Even after the acute part of this crisis is over, there are going to be so many longer-term effects on the economy and on the workers who were laid off."

The Feed the Frontlines movement has expanded beyond New York City as well, with partner restaurants in the suburbs and sister initiatives in other cities around the country, including Boston, Miami, Sacramento, and San Diego—many of them started by Kate's former lacrosse teammates from her Harvard days and Isabella's school friends. As press from news outlets such as Bloomberg QuickTake to NBC New York continues to roll in, a community effort based on kindness and humanity has captured our minds—and our hearts. "It was born out of necessity, but it was also born out of generosity," Kate told NBC New York on April 30.

Click here for more information about Feed the Frontlines NYC and how to get involved.