Service Projects

Learning through service and instilling a commitment to community service is an essential part of life at Friends’ Central School. All Middle School students participate in service projects every Wednesday for about an hour and a half. As we expose our students to a broad range of projects on and off campus, the notion of a world bigger than their own becomes a reality. Our students learn to be comfortable in new and different situations, to find commonalities with people different than themselves and, most importantly, they learn that they can make a difference in the School community and beyond.

Athletic Service

Students assist the athletic department by maintaining equipment and planning special MS athletic activities, including Phoenix Game Day.

Carousel House

Students walk with visually impaired adults and learn about each other through activities and conversations.

Cooking Service

Students cook in the new City Avenue Dining Hall Teaching Kitchen, preparing food for a local soup kitchen. 

Easter Seals

Middle School students work with medically fragile children, assisting their teachers with lessons, snacks, games, etc.

Gompers Elementary Garden

Students help Gompers Elementary School create a learning garden for their students.

Lower School Classroom Helpers

Students play with Pre-Kindergarten buddies, creating activities for the Pre-K students and assisting Pre-K teachers with structured activities.

Newspaper

Students write, edit and draw for The Phoenix Inquirer, our Middle School newspaper.

Overbrook Preschool

Students observe and engage with children aged 3-6 in a play-based, developmental environment. 

Play Production

Students design props, costumes, and set pieces for the yearly Middle School drama and musical productions. 

Recycling

Students collect all of the recycling for the City Avenue Campus and take it to our recycling dumpsters.

Rosemont Presbyterian Village

Students visit with residents of this retirement facility, playing cards, making conversation, and building friendships.

Saunders House

Students play cards and talk with their “grandfriends.”

Service-Thru-Art

Students design and create art-related projects for the FCS community and beyond.

Streamwatch

Students take care of our Indian Creek (East & West) Watershed, including trash pick-up, invasive plant removal, tree-planting, stream monitoring, and trail maintenance. 

Students of Culture

Students work to inform the community about issues of inclusivity and social justice. They become affinity group leaders and are instrumental for implementing the diversity work in the Middle School. 

Yearbook

Creative, organized students document the year and assist with the creation of the Middle School Yearbook. 

Clubs

Middle School clubs are designed to give students the opportunity to explore their interests, to discover new passions, to connect with students in various grades and to pursue topics that may fall outside of traditional disciplines. Clubs meet on Fridays during the school day and last for half the year, at which point students either switch or remain with the same group.

Anime Club

Students explore culture and storytelling through anime.

Best Self

Students have the opportunity to engage in interactive social games and share dialogue about themselves and others, exploring how to navigate challenging conversations with those around them. 

Board Games and Baseball

Students alternate weeks of indoor baseball and board games.

Cookies and Bookies

Students bake and bring in delicious cookies while teachers Laurel Burkbauer and Katie Pidot bring in and read books that focus on issues of social justice.

Golf

Students learn about the game of golf and the fundamentals of the golf swing. No prior experience required.

Handwork Studio

Students knit, crochet, and other creative ideas using yarn and silk. 

Makerspace Club

Make. Tinker. Discover. Students spend time in the Makerspace and explore their passion for making, learning how to make their own stickers, solder, use a laser cutter, 3D print, and more!

Model UN

Students participate in simulations and discussions around the concepts of international relations. 

Open Art Studio

Students have full access to everything the art room has to offer and can work in any media or on any type of project they choose.

Paper Craft Club

Students make anything from origami to pop-up books to cards, learning techniques for printmaking while letting their creativity flow.

S-t-r-e-t-c-h

Students stretch their bodies and their minds: physical stretching with yoga and mental stretching with riddles and puzzles. 

Ultimate Frisbee

Students learn teamwork through the game of ultimate frisbee. No experience needed.

Vegan/Vegetarian

Students create and share recipes while discussing social justice and the socio-economics of access to food, farming, animals, and health.

Tech Club

Students become go-to experts for teachers and classmates on all things Chromebook, learning super presentation tools, neat shortcuts and tricks, making tutorials, and writing articles about tech for their classmates.