Live from Philadelphia, it's "Live at Lunch" at Friends Select School! Live at Lunch, a series of informal world music concerts, debuted on Friday, November 13 in the Matthew Huffman '91 Dining Hall. First up--Beau Django, a five-piece band specializing in traditional gypsy jazz music in homage to noted Belgian Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Live at Lunch is the brainstorm of international studies coordinator and upper school history teacher Brian Kors. "It's a way of introducing world cultures to our students using the universal language--music," says Kors. "I'm inviting local bands to perform for one hour, during middle- and upper-school lunch breaks." Kors envisions a coffeehouse vibe during which the dining hall will be transformed into an intimate performing space.
Friends Select School prekindergartners and kindergartners paired with sixth and eighth graders to “plant” 100 hand-painted rocks for peace in celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21. Teachers and students read a peace poem, sang songs and ceremoniously arranged and placed the rocks in the courtyard of the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Race St.) meetinghouse.
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace, marked each year, is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. The Friends Select “Plant a Rock for Peace” event was the only International Day of Peace event registered in Philadelphia.
Friends Select School, middle school director Terry Kessel had a front-row seat to the political upheaval in Honduras this summer during a trip for teachers with Heifer International. Briefly confined to her hotel room in the city of San Pedro Sula, she watched street demonstrations from the balcony. Terry has returned to school ready to share what she learned about Heifer’s proven model of “food sovereignty” that helps lift participants out of poverty.