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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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Students Declare #Enough and Continue Action Against Gun Violence 

Students Declare #Enough and Continue Action Against Gun Violence 

Students aren't taking a break from their efforts, and declare that they won't stop until they see change.

On April 20, nearly 200 Upper School students continued peaceful protest efforts to demand action against gun violence and make our communities, streets, homes, and schools safer.

Led by freshmen Sona Wink and Asaf Lebovic, students collaborated with 10 other high schools from the area to implement a powerful walkout off campus, die-in at City Hall, and a rally in Center City. 

As senior Alice Daeschler explained in the Metro newspaper, joining forces with other schools further amplified student voices, "We are working together with other schools so our voices are even louder and more effective, and it shows that we aren't just standing up for ourselves, but schools, families, and communities everywhere."

In preparation for the walkout, students developed a clear statement about their mission and what they want to see happen. While they understand that change takes time, students recognized the importance of providing a clear message to legislators and the media as to why they are taking a stand. Here's an excerpt:

We stand in solidarity with those in our community and across the country who have been impacted by gun violence, whether on the street, in their homes, or in mass shootings. To those that have lost their lives, or have lost family members or friends, we are walking out to acknowledge and remember you. We won't stop taking action until there is change and will continue to contact our legislators, educate ourselves and communities in person and online, ask our peers and family members to register to vote, and magnify the voices of this critical youth movement.

The Human Rights Club organized sign-making for anyone on campus who wanted to create bold and meaningful posters. These visuals definitely got their message out. In fact, GFS students created a large orange banner that read "#ENOUGH" which was featured on the front page of Philadelphia Inquirer (article and photo here). 

Students aren't taking a break from their efforts, and declare that they won't stop until they see change. Next week, students have planned a "Gun Control Call Out Lunch" in which students will write letters and make calls to legislators during their club lunch period. As Asaf said clearly in his email to students, "If we want to create a substantial impact, we must continue to fight for gun control. We want to demonstrate how many people care about this issue."

Middle School students also had the opportunity to participate in protest efforts on April 20 with sign-making, letter-writing, and a silent 15-minute walkout, as well as allowing students to share dialogue, ask questions, and voice concerns about the current state of gun violence. 

These student-led peaceful protest efforts support the school's Quaker values, which emphasize that seeking peace in the world requires working for justice and that each individual has the ability to learn from experience and that we must share that learning in our relationships and in public. 

Students should be proud of making their voices heard and taking action to improve their communities. The media also recognized GFS student action with various quotes and photos, including a statement by Sona Wink in the Wall Street Journal online on April 20.

Here's some of the coverage of GFS student-led activities:

Students walk-out again over gun laws
Metro US, April 20, 2018
Quotes from Asaf Lebovic '21 and Alice Daeschler '18

Philly students protest for tougher gun laws on Columbine massacre's anniversary
Philly.com, April 20, 2018

Students Are Walking Out Again to Protest Gun Violence: Is Anybody Listening?
Education Week, April 19, 2018

Philly Students Join Together For Gun Reform Walkout On Columbine Anniversary
CBS, April 20, 2018
Interview with Spencer Kamens '21