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Grade 9 Gives Back


On Sunday, September 10 Grade 9 students and their families participated in F.L.I.N.G. (Freshmen Lead in National Giving). This Upper School event is a tradition held on the National Day of Service and Remembrance and is designed to honor through acts of volunteerism those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, the first responders, and the everyday citizens who, amongst the chaos, reached out to help their fellow citizens. F.L.I.N.G. has also served through the years to provide an opportunity to connect new ninth graders and their parents to one another, and to orient them to our School’s foundational commitment to community engagement. 

As in year’s past, 30 Grade 9 students and their parents/caregivers partnered with the nonprofit, Earth Matter on Governors Island. Earth Matter seeks to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging neighbor participation and leadership in composting. Despite the inclement weather, the Friends community remained enthusiastic and dedicated to the mission of Earth Matter. Families helped with pruning the Community Lavender Field, making signs to encourage composting and sustainable actions and helped to maintain the maize fields.  

Friends is proud to celebrate their 12th year of F.L.I.N.G. The Upper School event hallmarks the Friends community’s work toward the common goal of furthering peace, equity and justice.
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