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What's cool about our campus is that it's spread out over seven acres in Philadelphia's historic neighborhood of Germantown. The buildings are an eclectic mix of old and new, a unique look and feel more consistent with a college campus. With three gyms, three auditoriums, a student center, numerous open, green spaces and nine classroom buildings, it's a place worthy of adoration and exploration. The Meetinghouse, at the center of it all, provides a beautiful and spiritual focal point.

1. Main Building 2. Meetinghouse 3. Sharpless 4. Hargroves 5. Wade Science Center 6. Alumni Building 7. Admissions 8. Living Graveyard 9. Dead Graveyard 10. Loeb Performing Arts Center 11. Smith Gym 12. Cary Building 13. Friends Free Library 14. Field House 15. Scattergood Gym

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At GFS, students and teachers gather in Meeting for Worship once each week. This is a time for shared, silent contemplation. Anyone who feels moved to speak may rise and do so. It is a simple formula, and can be a remarkably powerful experience.In these days of constant connectivity, the ability and opportunity to sit in silence have special value. Meeting for Worship is a cornerstone of the GFS culture that many come to cherish throughout their lives.

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We strive to deal fairly, equally and honestly with everyone. We aim to do as we say, reflecting our beliefs in our actions. even when it is inconvenient or challenging, we stand by our convictions, striving to lead lives of integrity.

Shine Together

We are all blessed with remarkable gifts. We are equally qualified to seek truth and to hear the voice of God. Every person deserves equal respect. For these reasons, we work against prejudice and discrimination and for equality.

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"Alone we can do little; together we can do so much."* We know there is strength in cooperation and wisdom to be found when many perspectives come together. We believe in the power of community.*
The words of Helen Keller.

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In every way we can, we try to minimize the distractions that can draw our attention from the important things in life. This means not becoming overwhelmed by the busyness of daily routine. It means seeking balance. It means embracing simplicity.

care for all

This planet we inhabit, the talents we've been given, the community of which we are a part- all hold remarkable value. We must be responsible, imaginative and proactive in protecting these gifts and caring for the world and people around us. We must exercise good stewardship.

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The Little Clip Making a Big Difference
The Little Clip Making a Big Difference

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Philadelphia region, Tate Park ’21 knew he could use his skills for good. That’s why he invented a special clip for the N95 mask, making it safer, reusable, and a lower contamination risk for doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals.

He created the clip after talking with his father, an ophthalmologist at Mid Atlantic Retina, about the issues surrounding extended wear and reuse of the N95. A shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE) across the nation has led hospitals and doctor’s offices to ration the masks for weekly rather than daily use. According to recommended guidance from the CDC, “the most significant risk [of reusing the N95 mask] is of contact transmission from touching the surface of the contaminated respirator.” The more a doctor touches the mask to remove or adjust it, the higher the risk.

The N95 mask has a band that stretches around the back of the head to secure it in place. It’s difficult to remove and the likelihood of contamination is high when pulling it over one's head. With reuse or extended use, the band can stretch out over time and the mask does not fit every head shape. Tate’s new clip eliminates these issues by providing a safe option for mask removal. “The clip takes away the need to lift it over your head. Instead, you can unhook the clip from the back and easily take the mask off without touching the respirator,” he says.

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Currently, Tate’s clip is in the trial phase and has positive reviews, but there are improvements to be made. “I gave my dad 15 masks to distribute to his colleagues. Then, I sent out a user survey, asking for feedback,” he says. After working through prototypes and gathering answers from the survey, Tate will reassess the design for possible enhancements. “If the survey shows that people find the mask uncomfortable, I would tweak the design to make it more ergonomic. Another change I’m anticipating is a small adjustment to the amount of force required to open and close the clip.”   

Once the clip works effectively, he would like to share the blueprints more widely. “There’s a large 3D printing community where people can share design files around the world,” says Tate. Ultimately, his main goal is to make sure people have access to safe, reusable PPE.