At Goshen Friends School we believe that it’s never too early for kids to start learning about Service and Stewardship. To that end, our students actively participate in service programs throughout the year; programs that truly help the community while teaching the value of helping others. Here are some of the ways our children helped others in 2019.
MAY - OCTOBER
Our students help us tend to a wonderful garden that bears many gifts for the community. Beginning in May, the children helped plant, grow and harvest vegetables. It’s a great hands-on experience for them to see their efforts pay off over the course of the year. And they didn't just learn about gardening, they learned the value of giving. By the end of the season, the students had grown more than 310 pounds of turnips, beets, broccoli and peppers to donate to the Chester County Food Bank.
Our October Service Project is among our students' very favorite times of the year. We collected snack donations to present to the Goshen Fire Company when they made their annual visit to discuss fire safety and prevention. The kids got to explore the truck and even got to squirt the fire hoses, and the firefighters got to feel the support of our community through our wonderful little ones.
In November we gathered non-perishable comfort foods like soup, rice and pasta for the Chester County Food Bank. Students heard an important message about remembering the hungry while we are so fortunate. They then gathered the food and helped box it up for delivery to the Food Bank.
The Holiday season is a time for family and good will, and our teachers emphasize the importance of giving for those in need. Our December Service Project also involved several different activities to benefit the Devereux Kanner Learning Center. The Center is home to more than 300 young people with mental disabilities, many of whom have no families. This year we gathered hats, gloves, mittens and art supplies and the children brought and placed the gifts beneath a holiday wreath.
The wreath was decorated with holiday ornaments that our students made themselves. The wreath was taken to Devereux along with all the warm donations from our wonderful community.
It’s so important to have a giving spirit, to help others and to serve needs other than your own. Those efforts that start small can be contagious and are a foundation for a better tomorrow. Those are lessons that our Goshen students are living every day.