KnowledgeLink wrote an article featuring the exchange program between NGFS and Zhuhai No.9 Middle School in China.
"Recognizing the invaluable diversity and perspective that international exchange students bring to classrooms, K-12 schools around the US are expanding their global initiatives. New Garden Friends School (NGFS) in Greensboro, NC is no exception.
Thanks to a KL Exchange partnership that began in 2016, NGFS welcomed 36 middle-school students and 6 teachers from No. 9 Middle School in Zhuhai, China for a week of cultural and educational exchange for the second year in a row...."
An article by Kim Freedman, Head of School, on the importance of singing and music in Quaker schools is featured in the Guilford County Women's Journal. Read it here.
The Partnership That Drives a Thriving Nonprofit: Head of School, Board Chair Participate in Podcast
What is the single best indicator of a thriving nonprofit? Joan Garry discusses this essential question, and the importance of the leadership partnership of the Head of School and Board Chair, with Kim Freedman and Nick Purrington of New Garden Friends School in a podcast on her site.
Joan Garry, who is widely known as the "Dear Abby" of nonprofit leadership, works with board and staff as a strategic advisor, crisis manager, change agent and strategic planner. Joan reached out to Head of School Kim and Board Chair Nick Purrington to gain insight about their relationship and why it works.
In this podcast episode, she explores the notion that these two key leaders at a school must act as "co-pilots", and considers with Kim and Nick why a strong partnership between the board leader and staff leader of the organization is crucial to a school's success. Takeaways include:
- How to make the time to be a great board chair, even when you’re insanely busy
- Ways to leverage corporate experience in working with your board
- The 3 most important words that define the partnership between the staff and board leaders
- Fostering great communication: How often should you meet? Who sets the agenda? How do you decide the appropriate altitude of the conversation?
- How to be the bearer (and the receiver) of bad news
- Kim and Nick's best advice to others in their respective roles
Daniel, a rising NGFS senior, organized an iPod drive collecting used iPods, headphones and iTunes gift cards to donate to the Williams Adult Day Center. The program uses music to help seniors with dementia deal with anxiety and other issues.
Daniel would like to study nursing, and caring for seniors is something close to his heart. He says, "I love helping others in any way I can."
Beth Defilippis, Rainbow (first and second grade) teacher at New Garden Friends School, is one of four recipients from Guilford County to receive the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The award honors citizens who have shown concern and compassion for their neighbors by making a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Beth is recognized for leading a service group of students that worked closely with the Interactive Resource Center throughout the year providing socks, toiletries, snacks, and other resources for people experiencing homelessness.
The Volunteer Center, Guilford County’s Coordinator for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards expressed, “This group has not only had a great impact on our most vulnerable neighbors through their work with the Interactive Resource Center, but has provided the students with a deeper understanding of poverty and homelessness.”
Beth was presented the award on Friday, May 26, during the School’s Meeting for Worship (a Quaker service). Michelle Kennedy from the Interactive Resource Center and Erin Kennedy from the Volunteer Center recognized Beth for her leadership, dedication, and student engagement.
Head of Lower School Carolyn Vallejos at New Garden Friends School said, “This service learning opportunity is so meaningful to our students. We are appreciative of the leadership Beth has provided with this service group, and with the partnership New Garden Friends School has with the Interactive Resource Center.”
Service learning is a cornerstone of an NGFS education. Service begins in kindergarten and continues throughout a student’s time at the School. Elementary age students engage in service learning weekly, both on and off campus. Learning occurs through active engagement with the concerns of others; students come to own these skills and as they grow, they become aware of the needs of the community.