Brandon Sams, a senior here at New Garden, likes to invent things. Interested in learning more and taking classes that used sophisticated tools, Brandon, his mom, and Upper School Dean Lisa Bates-Glass worked together with The Forge to create a class called, "Skills for the Inventor."
The Forge is a community makerspace in Greensboro for artists, entrepreneurs, and inventors to make, create, and learn. The Forge provides access to a woodshop, welding machinery, 3D printers, laser engravers, sewing machines, and ceramics tools.
The Forge has evolved as an organization based on community demand of what a makerspace can be. The Forge now has collaborative programs with nonprofits, universities and schools. New Garden Friends School is excited to work with this local business to provide students with enriching opportunities.
"Brandon was interested in learning to use tools that we don't have at the school, and I'm thrilled we were able to work with The Forge to fulfill this interest. We're looking forwarding to building partnerships with other local organizations to supplement our elective offerings for students", says Bates-Glass.
The photos show examples of Brandon's work thus far this semester.
NGFS is featured on the cover of the October/November Guilford County Women's Journal! Six students at New Garden Friends School take service learning into their own hands with initiatives that help those in need and benefit the greater community. Ranging from 3rd - 12th grade, these student's inspiring stories show what it means to truly give back.
On Wednesday, September 20, New Garden Friends School’s Upper and Middle School conducted a daylong observance of the International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, which was established by The United Nations in 1981.
As a Friends school, NGFS teaches students to explore and embrace all of the Quaker testimonies: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Since the birth of the Religious Society of Friends in the seventeenth century, Quakers have always held the value and necessity of peace to be of the utmost importance. They defined their Peace Testimony in 1660, stating:
“We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatever; this is our testimony to the whole world.”
Nearly 400 years later Friends schools continue to strive and work as a community towards these ideals.
During the height of the Vietnam War, teachers and students at various universities held what became known as Teach-Ins. These were informal lectures and discussions between students and professors, often with the intent to engage with and encourage activism toward a political or social cause.
When structuring the celebration of this day, the faculty took inspiration from the Teach-Ins practice of educational activism from the 1960s and 70s. The elements of the Teach-Ins included expert lecturers, workshops of practical activist techniques, movies, readings, and art.
Students were provided many opportunities for learning and discussion in sessions such as:
- Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Disarmament - a seminar on the history of nuclear weapons and the need/potential for disarmament
- The War on Wildlife - a lecture on the global black market in wildlife and how this is driving species towards extinction
- Peace Slam - a seminar on spoken word poetry with guest speaker Josephus Thompson III of the Poetry Project
In the Middle School, students heard from a lifelong Quaker leader who has lived a life of adherence to the Peace testimony, specifically about his experience as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. Students were also given opportunities to seek inner peace via sessions in yoga, meditation, and the creation of peace cranes and pinwheels for peace.
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...."