WFS Receives Proclamation from Mayor For School's 275th Anniversary
WFS Head of School Ken Aldridge was recently presented with a Proclamation from Wilmington's Mayor recognizing our 275th anniversary.
WFS Head of School Ken Aldridge was recently presented with a Proclamation from Wilmington's Mayor, Mike Purzycki, recognizing our 275th anniversary and for being a leader in education in Delaware. The proclamation reads:
"Whereas, Wilmington Friends School, the State's oldest existing school and first college preparatory school, has provided a well-rounded education for its many students since being founded in Wilmington in 1748, and
Whereas, Wilmington Friends School has a reputation for challenging students to reach their potential as lifelong learners by emphasizing individual attention from teachers and coaches, and by investing in student development and success, and
Whereas, Wilmington Friends School has a passion for creating a learning environment of peace, creativity, and independent thought while holding students to high standards and motivating them to become well-regarded members of the community; and
Whereas, Wilmington Friends School models its mission around Quakerism and core Quaker principles - integrity, community, equality, peace, stewardship and simplicity - while honoring a variety of faith traditions and placing importance on diversity of thought, identity, and experience as essential parts of becoming a leader, and
Whereas today, we congratulate Wilmington Friends School on 275 years of providing a quality education here in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware and beyond."
Fifth graders Mariah, Isaak, Mary, Giana, Nura, Alexander, and Sofia, along with their choir directors, Emily Fareed and Katie Martinenza '99, attended UD ChoralFest Junior. ChoralFest is an honor choir experience for local upper elementary, middle, and upper school students from the greater Delaware region. Students from Friends joined over 160 singers for singing workshops throughout the day and an evening performance under the direction of UD choral faculty. It was an outstanding choral experience!
Early years students participated in a fall festival today planned by early years assistant teachers which included an obstacle course, the Quaker Bakery and Friends Farm Stand, fall-themed sounds, leaf painting, and lots of dancing!
The Quaker Cares Committee is back in action for the 23-24 school year, continuing its mission of creating a safe space for students to talk about mental health and to spread awareness about mental health support and resources.
As part of our 2023 Homecoming and 275th anniversary celebration, Emily David Hershman ’09 joined WFS Head of School Ken Aldridge on Saturday morning to deliver a proclamation from Governor John Carney's office.
With 35 years of collective experience leading Wilmington Friends School, Ken Aldridge (2015-present), Lisa Darling (1994-2005), Bryan Garman (2006-2015), and Bill Goulding (1973-1976) provided insights at the October 20 Heads Panel that reminded the audience that our Quaker school, with two campuses tucked away in Alapocas and serving children in preschool through 12th grade, does indeed seem to have a “secret sauce” that makes us unique.
Statement of Nondiscrimination as to Student Enrollment
Wilmington Friends School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of these schools. Wilmington Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.