Serving others is a central tenet to Quaker philosophy and a key component of a Delaware Valley Friends education.
Our middle school participates in selected service projects as a community during the school year. In the upper school, ninth graders go on trips during school days, organized by the school and based on student interests. They regularly lend a hand at one of the organizations listed below. Students in tenth and eleventh grades are responsible for independently finding and fulfilling their own service opportunities with one of the options listed below or with an approved organization of their choosing. Participation in service hours - 20 hours for sophomores, 20 hours for juniors - is a requirement for graduation from DVFS.
These are some of the organizations that our students serve:
Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school, and at play.
Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by acquiring food and distributing it through organizations serving people in need.
Books Through Bars
Books Through Bars - Founded in the late 1980s and formally incorporated as an organization in 2000, Books Through Bars was established to address the paucity of educational resources and programming made available to prisoners hoping to use the time of their imprisonment to effect positive change in their lives.
Aid for Friends
Aid For Friends ' mission is to serve needy, isolated shut-ins, primarily the frail elderly, in the 5 county Greater Philadelphia area, with free daily home-cooked meals delivered weekly by empathetic volunteer visitors, and also to provide shut-ins with free out reach services.
All-School Service Projects
In addition, the entire school community participates in Thanksgiving food drives, holiday toy drives, and other school wide charitable initiatives designed and organized by the student government service committee.
STUDENT SERVICE COMMITTEE
The Service Committee meets Tuesdays at lunch. In recent years, the Service Committee has organized projects to raise funds, food, clothing, for many organizations, including:
- Toy drive with Early Head Start
- Protein of the Month drive to provide food through Philabundance
- India (ABLE) Bicycle Fundraiser
- T-shirt fundraiser to support ABLE India and to honor a teacher
- Great Valley Nature Center
- Bingo Nights
- Chester County SPCA
- DVFS Bracelets
- Stop Hunger Now meal packaging
- Food Drive to feed 40 families for Thanksgiving, partnering with the Morton J. McMichael School
Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 5 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and working), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.