Preparing Boys for Life

Students support those in need through service learning projects

Students at The Haverford School led multiple service programs supporting area organizations throughout the winter, including an all-school day of service and celebration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Coro Primo, the Lower School’s second grade choir, opened the day of service with songs honoring Dr. King and his legacy. Led by Upper School students, Lower Schoolers and their families assembled care packages, decorated flags for first responders, made bird feeders, packed meals, and more. Their work will impact Project HOME, Life Centers of Delaware County, Sharpe Park Bird Sanctuary, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Our Closet, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, PALM, and city schools.

During the season of giving, it is important to ‘share the warmth’ with those in need, so that others are not cold, hungry, or burdened. It doesn’t take much to support others, and the boys were excited to share kindness and compassion with members of our community. Jini Loos, Director of Service Learning

Middle Schoolers collected, sorted, and boxed gently used children’s clothing and books for Cradles to Crayons and Our Closet. They assembled food, clothing, and toiletry items for Project HOME to distribute during the organization's city-wide census of homeless individuals, crafted huggable heart pillows for cardiac patients at Bryn Mawr Hospital, made dog toys for a local pet shelter, and more. 

“During the season of giving, it is important to ‘share the warmth’ with those in need, so that others are not cold, hungry, or burdened,” said Jini Loos, Director of Service Learning. “It doesn’t take much to support others, and the boys were excited to share kindness and compassion with members of our community.”  

In addition to the day of service, recent service learning projects have included:

  • Collecting toiletries for those experiencing homelessness
  • Writing letters to military service members
  • Gathering cold weather clothing for Project HOME and the Life Centers of Delaware County
  • Collecting toys for Toys for Tots 
  • Donating toys to the third grade toy sale to benefit the PALM Center for Positive Aging
  • Delivering items to Eldernet

Nearly 100% of students participate in service learning and can choose from more than 100 projects throughout the school year. This year’s kick-off event was the Backpack Extravaganza, which provided 2,000 stuffed backpacks to students in low-income, inner-city households and was done in conjunction with The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School, and The Shipley School. The Service Board is led by Sixth Formers Ryan Ngo and Kwaku Adubofour.

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