In the recent upper school Chamber Singers concert, students sang “Be the Change” chosen by music teacher Margaret Anne Butterfield who noted in her introduction that the piece adapts texts of Gandhi; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; The Gospel of Matthew; and the composer, Laura Farnell, and employs a phrase in Swahili.
She shared these quotes from some of the students regarding their insights about the message of the piece:
The lyrics of this song are particularly important with all of the conflict that's happening in the world right now. It combines original lyrics with those of "This Little Light of Mine", a song known for inspiring hope in the hearts of its listeners.
As we are faced with climate change, racial inequalities, Covid-19, and other issues, this song motivates us to make any impact we can on the situation. The overall message of the song is to act if you feel passionate about a certain issue. In relation to this year's spice, equality, it can motivate us to strive toward the ultimate goal of equality.
“Be the Change” is very special to us because it embodies one of our core values; equality. The piece has the repeated phrase, “Be the change you want to see in the world” which is especially important now when African Americans and the AAPI community are fighting for racial equality. As students, we are all trying to "be the change "whether it is through our clubs, like Black Student Union, Asian Student Union, or Diversity Club, or just by learning how to be an up-stander. As a choir and as Friends students, we are taught to “let our light shine” and to speak out against injustices we see happening in our community and the world at large. So, we encourage all of you to “Basi mwanga wako uangaze”; Let your light shine.
Margaret Anne also noted that the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote that is part of the lyrics is also on a banner that hangs in the Wilmington Friends middle/upper school meeting room:
“Darkness cannot drive out the darkness; only light can do that.
Hatred cannot drive out the hatred; only love can do that.”
Temilola Lufadeju '25, Maddie Miller '24, and Isaiah Turman '24 traveled to San Antonio last week to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.
A beloved holiday tradition at WFS is our sixth grade pie bake for Wilmington's Sunday Breakfast Mission. Students lovingly peel, slice, prepare, box, and finally deliver more than 30 apple pies for those in our greater community.
On Monday, seventh graders and faculty members traveled to Washington, D.C. where they had a busy day visiting the National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, the United States Holocaust Museum, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The Quaker Cares Committee celebrated gratitude last week by having students, faculty, and staff fill out a turkey feather with what they were most grateful for. They also handed out sensory stickers for students' computers to share their own gratitude!
Congratulations to Dr. Peter Townsend '75, who received the Delaware Athletic Trainer’s Association’s AT Ally award! Dr. Townsend played under Coach Tattersall as a student and has been the WFS football team's doctor for more than 30 years.
Students in the upper school Quakerism & Thee course took a field trip to local Quaker meetinghouses. At Wilmington Monthly Meeting at 4th & West, they were welcomed by member and WFS trustee Darcy Rademaker who gave them some history and information. The students then visited and toured Centre Meeting.
The Special Olympics Club and Quaker volleyball teams, led by Jocelyn Nathan '23, hosted bake sales and an awareness match to raise funds for Special Olympics - Delaware. All told, they raised over $740 for the day!