Friends Council would like to share the following two stories of how Friends school students are letting their lives speak.
Sidwell Friends School students Hannah Ford ’19 and Zoha Siddiqui ’19, were recently
named finalists in T-Mobile’s Top 30 Changemaker Challenge Contest for
their club HER. Hannah and Zoha
cofounded HER at Sidwell Friends School to build sustainable libraries
learning materials schools in developing countries and to educate others
about the educational needs of girls. HER has built 7 libraries in
Pakistan, and is working on building another in Morocco.
Read more about their effort here.
On Tuesday, September 11th, Quaker
Leadership Team members from West Chester Friends School's
Class of 2018 presented their proposal
to ban single-use plastic bags in the West Chester Borough to the Public Works
Committee. Their thoughtful, summer-long preparation included
meetings with Mayor Herrin, surveys of borough merchants and shoppers,
lots of research and the creation of an informative power point. The
excellent outcome: the council said "yes" to their proposal and a next step of a working session with Borough Council. At that Tuesday, September 18th work session, the Borough Council
indeed asked its solicitor to draft an ordinance to forbid the
distribution of single use plastic bags in stores and shops. Read more about WFS student efforts here and here.
Fifth through eighth grade students at Media-Providence Friends School
worked together to build twenty 3D-printed prosthetic hands, which are in the process of being donated to children in need. The effort is part of the school’s annual STEAM Week, an intensive five-day cross-curriculum program emphasizing 21st century skills. Working with designs from the e-NABLE Community, over the course of this week, 5th-8th grade MPFS students worked tirelessly to assemble and test the twenty prosthetic hands. MPFS partnered with University of Delaware seniors Andrew Dirk and Claire Paddock, both biomedical engineering majors and co-founders of Empowered Technologies, to find homes for the 3D-printed hands. Dirk and Paddock have been working with two young children named Mya and Jack, who were both born with symbrachydactyly, a congenital abnormality that results in the absence of some or all of the bones typically in the fingers or toes. The goal for Jack and Mya is to be able to safely ride their bikes with the use of prosthetic hands. The weekend after STEAM Week, Jack and Mya were fitted with their 3D prosthetic hands assembled by MPFS students.
Read more about this effort and view the video here.