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 become lasting relationships, but space is left for student interests and passions to frame their service projects. 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, cooking healthy foods for our community, or working in a 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. 

GSFS partnerships


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.

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.

Horizons is a summer enrichment program that works to fight summer learning loss and engage our students at the Wister school who live in poverty in high quality summer programming that is academically, physically, and socially dynamic!  The students spend 6 weeks on the GSFS campus, learning in classrooms, going on field trips, eating and learning about healthy foods, and connecting with teachers and their friends summer after summer.

Face to Face
Students provide a baked good and socialization with guests at coffee hour and help lead games like BINGO.

Students learn the importance of community agriculture and have the opportunity to "dig in" at a local garden within and around Germantown