The WFS community spent time over the last week reflecting and recognizing the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lower school students sat in silent reflection as they watched our annual kindergarten peace march. Some of the kindergarteners' inspirational messages included, "Help Ech Uther (Help Each Other)," "Kar For Ech Uvor (Care for Each Other)," and "Giv a Complumient (Give a Compliment)," and "Upolougiz (Apologize)." The lower school community then gathered for Meeting for Worship.
"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” Middle school students used this MLK quote as the basis of their discussion after watching a video about change makers in their midst––from peers to faculty members––who have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Upper school students listened to the inspirational words of Dr. Aaron Bass, CEO of Eastside Charter School in Wilmington. They then engaged in small group discussions focused on various social justice topics, including anti-semitism, gun violence, and racial justice. Students gathered information about their social justice topic and then took action, brainstorming ways that we can work toward change as a school community.
Congratulations to Katie Bryan '24 who, after winning the WFS Shakespeare competition in January, qualified to compete in the Philadelphia English Speaking Union's branch competition at the Museum of the American Revolution. Katie's Shakespearean monologue and sonnet earned her third place and a $500 scholarship!
The WFS Mock Trial team had a great showing at this year's state competition. Temi Lufadeju '25, Scarlett Murphy '27, and Tess Wolf '24 all won gavels for best attorney. Best witness gavels went to Payton Altland '25, Lucy Cericola '25 (with two gavels), Carter Fenimore '25, and Abbie Thurlow '26.
Preschool students have been busy spreading Valentine's cheer, delivering Valentines to upper school students, faculty, and staff, and also at their Valentine "informance" this morning which gave family and friends a glimpse into the exciting activities that take place in their music classroom each week.
Middle schoolers experienced an interactive performance by Paco Rege and his group, Super Ngewel, with traditional African music, dance, songs, and story-telling. At the conclusion of the performance, Paco invited all of the students on stage to dance together!
Calling all volunteers -- we need your help! The 2023-24 school year marks the 275th anniversary of Wilmington Friends School. Throughout this year, we are celebrating our history while increasing opportunities to engage with the Wilmington community. Rooted in our history and practice of Quaker humanitarian service, we have chosen to reaffirm our commitment to addressing food insecurity and hunger in Delaware during this special anniversary year.
Middle and upper school Chinese language students helped the WFS community celebrate the Chinese New Year by decorating the cafeteria, performing a dragon dance during lunch, and enjoying Chinese cuisine.
Please join us on Thursday, February 22 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the MS/US Library Learning Commons to participate in our second All Community READ (Read and Educate ourselves on Anti-racism and Diversity) event of the year.
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