Community Connections

Philadelphia is often called a "City of Neighborhoods" and Greene Street Friends School lives into this idiom day in and day out. Each year, every student at Greene Street Friends participates in classroom-wide service partnerships that deepen their connection to Germantown. These partnerships last the duration of the academic year and often remain the same for classrooms, year after year. We hope you enjoy learning more about our community partnerships and how we partner with friends in Germantown. Whether students teaching peers at the local, public elementary school or working in a community garden, we are a school committed to our neighborhood. 


Community Service at Greene Street Friends School enables and inspires students to take an active role in making positive contributions and connections on their campus, in their local community and wider world.  Students expand their view of themselves and the world by participating in substantive experiences that cultivate empathy and responsibility.  Students come to understand that through their individual actions and fostered relationships, they make a positive impact, honoring “that of God” in everyone. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 2016-2017 service partnerships

  • Face to Face- 5th Grade students prepared treats for the monthly coffee hour at Face to Face - a Germantown-based non-profit serving the basic needs of struggling and homeless families with dignity. Students then walked the baked items to Face-to-Face and joined F2F guests in playing games together. 
  • Hansberry Garden and Pastorius Community Garden- 4th Grade students "dug in" at two Germantown community gardens. Students learned about the importance of local gardens, native plants, and sustainable farming practices.
  • MANNA- Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students made art to be delivered with the 95,000 meals MANNA prepares and distributes each month to ill neighbors. The masterpieces from our students provided nourishment for body and soul.
  • Reading Buddies- 2nd Grade students read with our senior neighbors weekly or bi-weekly, allowing students the opportunity to build literacy skills and their guests a chance for fellowship.
  • John Wister Elementary School- 6th Graders planned and led monthly learning stations for Kindergartners at John Wister Elementary School, the neighborhood public school. After designing and teaching their modules, students were asked to reflect on changes they would make to the curriculum and the importance of equal access to a quality education.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Greene Street Friends School proudly participates in the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  Philadelphia hosts the largest event in the country and Greene Street Friends welcomes students and their families to serve alongside Faculty and Staff each year. Last year more than 200 volunteers joined us for a variety of projects, including packing breakfast, hygiene, and birthday bags for our neighbors. The Greene Street Friends community also donated 45 pints of blood, saving 130 patients' lives.

Save the date for next year's Day of Service on Monday, January 15th.