Preparing Boys for Life

Middle School boys work to "green" nearby communities

Students participated in a morning of service and an afternoon of field games as part of Middle School Philip Bishop Day. Sixth graders worked on seeding, planting, and clean-up at Haverford's gardens and at the nearby Project HOME, Sharpe Park, and Gompers School.

The students who stayed on campus were tasked with replanting bulbs from the Middle School gardens to the Rossi Learning Garden, to ensure the plants aren't disrupted during construction of the planned middle school.

“We thought it would be nice to salvage the plants,” said sixth grader Connor. “I think doing this builds character and prepares us to help in our community as we get older.”

Form I students weeded and cleaned garden beds at Skunk Hollow Community Gardens, while Form II students went to Haverford Reserve for trail clean-up and tree planting.

“Philip Bishop day is a great day for the boys,” said John Suter, Middle School history teacher. “My homeroom goes to Sharpe Park Bird Sanctuary. We work with a volunteer gardening club, and many of them are parents of alumni. The boys join in the love of service; they see people who model service, and they see their actions improving the community.”