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Woodworking for Valley Forge

In this blog post, woodworking teacher Rob Wisniewski details the hand-tool woodworking techniques of early America that he put to use to create a historical reproduction of President Washington's candle box. The candle box – both the original and the reproduction – is part of the Valley Forge National Historic Park's collection.

The Boy Behind the Mask

The Haverford School Consulting Psychologist Michael Reichert and Upper School Counselor Janet Heed presented "The Boy Behind the Mask" as part of the Best for Boys speaker series. Supported by current research of boys' development and their own experience as educators and mental health professionals, Reichert and Heed advocated for a new framework for understanding and supporting boys.

Fords in Four: Meet John Sawin '03

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, wealth advisor and amateur golfer John Sawin '03 shares what he learned in Haverford classrooms and on the Fords golf team, and gives his advice to current students on building relationships and embracing change.

Ingenuity and Collaboration: Second Grade Simple Machine Challenge

In this blog post, Lower School science teacher Bill Palmer explains a collaborative project with The Agnes Irwin School (AIS), in which our second-graders worked with students at our sister school to design and build a functional compound machine that could deliver a Lego figure into a container.

Setting foot in Abu Dhabi

In this blog post, Associate Director of College Counseling Heather Stinson reflects on how college visits influence her work, with a particular focus on a recent trip to New York University's Abu Dhabi campus.

Fords in Four: Meet Tom Claytor '81

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, bush pilot and writer Tom Claytor '81 shares how Haverford ignited his passions for flying and Africa, and reflects on his international adventures.

Black history is American history

As a complement to classroom activities celebrating Black History Month, a photo collage of 1,000 remarkable individuals graces the Lower School lobby. It is meant to speak the beautiful truth of our existence as a country: a true mélange of cultures, races, and heritages. Read on as parent Joslyn Jackson details her inspiration for creating this project in partnership with the Lower School.

From color blindness to color bravery

In this blog post, VI Former and Diversity Alliance President Jose Martinez reflects on the Alliance's annual retreat. Each year the event has a different theme but the same hope: to use diversity as a tool to inspire change and unite people within the Main Line community.

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