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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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Thanksgiving Food & Turkey Drive Report 2017

Thanks to your generosity and cooperation, GFS collected and delivered approximately 3,000 items of non-perishable food and 87 turkeys to three feeding ministries in Germantown. (Have you seen the "Thank You" video?)

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Thanksgiving Food Drives and to the Turkey Drive!

Thanks to your generosity and cooperation, GFS collected and delivered more than 3,000 items of non-perishable food and 87 turkeys to three feeding ministries in Germantown. Reverend Jones from Holsey Temple reported that he and his volunteers were able to distribute 100 Thanksgiving baskets to families in Germantown. Anita Hunt, GFS '71, delivered seven, making a total of 107 Thanksgiving baskets distributed last week. St. Luke's is open every Friday at 9 a.m., serving 40 people per week. (They have just started serving hot lunches and breakfasts, too.)

Here are the details of the Food Drive:
Zarah Adams's first grade led the collection for Lower School, and all three of the first grades and many family member chaperones delivered the food to the St. Luke's Food Pantry, with the assistance of Howard McKelvey and the GFS tractor-trailer. The program director, Miss Ongachi, and the sexton, Eric Tyler, explained how the pantry works and answered questions.

Total collected: approximately 1,000 items.

Thank you, Lower School!

The Middle School Community Action club, co-led by Behnaz Veramini and Kathy Paulmier, organized the collection for Middle School. Gabby Goodman's sixth grade won the collection contest for Middle School. Congratulations! Thanks to all of the advisories for collecting and for delivering the food to the Common.

Total collected: approximately 500 items.

Thank you, Middle School!

The Upper School Community Action Club, co-led by Riley Knowles '18, Ayla Malefakis '19, Abby Gaudinier '19, and Gabby Schwartz '19, organized a cross-grade collection competition, which the junior class won. Carl Tannenbaum came out of retirement to lead the faculty/staff/administration collection again this year.

In total, the Upper School and adults collection brought in approximately 2,000 items.

Thank you, Upper School and adults! 

Here are the details of the Turkey Drive:
Sarah McMenamin and the ECP teachers organized the Turkey Drive this year and raised a total of $3,935.88.

With ECP's unique charms and creativity, it became an all-school project in just a few days. (Did you get one of their heart pins?)

Lili Sharpless acquired fresh organic turkeys from three different Whole Foods Markets, and helped to deliver them to Holsey Temple. Porter Mason, Marissa Vergnetti, Liz Meyer, and students from ECP helped load the van. Alison Crawford's fifth grade class helped to publicize the drive, with presentations to Lower School classes. Soo Lee's fifth grade and Megan Hess's second grade classes made Thanksgiving cards. Julie Marren, Paula Busser, Zach Goldberg '18, and Alyce Callison all helped to make announcements and encourage participation. Scott Foley and the Communications team made the Turkey Drive promo video and "Thank You" videos. (See below for the "Thank You" video.) Neeta McCulloch, Rachel Reynolds, Angela Faranda, and Helen Dooley all helped organize the donations.

Leftover funds from the purchase of the 87 turkeys will be used to purchase food for the upcoming winter holidays.

All in all it was a tremendous collection. Thanks again to everyone who helped support us in one way or another. The stores we used were: Acme Market on Crittenden Street, Walmart on Wheatsheaf Lane, Whole Foods Markets in Jenkintown, Fairmount, and Plymouth Meeting, and all of the stores you used. The recipient organizations were: Saint Luke's Food Pantry, Holsey Temple CME Church Feeding Ministry, and Anita Hunt '71 and her Seniors program. 

On behalf of the program directors and the recipient families, warm wishes and thank you!

Kathy Paulmier
Director of Community Involvement