Heading to the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival this weekend? Be sure to look for SCH entrepreneurs on the Avenue on Sunday. The “Gifts for Good” table will be on the corner of Germantown and Gravers (in front of the PNC building) and six SCH vendors will be selling their wares. The shops, all launched through the CEL, include students from Lower to Upper School and the proceeds from sales will benefit local nonprofits. They are:
2nd Grade Gifts for Good | Gifts for Good is a collection of nature-themed accessories designed and produced by Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's 2nd-grade class. This product line features drawings of plants and animals that inhabit the Wissahickon Valley Park, which are engraved on necklaces, earrings, keychains, and pins. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Wissahickon to support the park, which often serves as an additional classroom for the students.
Sonas to America | Sonas's mission is to bring beautiful handmade goods to America. Sourcing their goods from a small weaving village in Takeo, Cambodia, their wellness and woven products are ethical and do not leave a large carbon footprint on the earth. Sonas to America, begun by SCH students in 2020, pays for its products wholesale and donate all profits back to the women in the Sonas village.
Laurel Leaf Designs | All of sophomore Leah Laudenbach's earrings are handmade using natural elements. Profits from the sale of her earrings will support Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW), whose mission is to conserve the natural beauty and wildness of the Wissahickon Valley and stimulate public interest therein.
Green Line | Junior Anabella Castellanos envisions a sustainable future for all Philadelphians. A lifelong gardener, she tackles projects ranging from a food-focused redesign of Philadelphia’s transit system to building networks of teens who hope to enhance the city’s green infrastructure. Today, this ASPEN Institute fellow is on-hand to assist with seed starting for home gardens.
Middle School Eco Club | SCH’s Middle School Eco Club is a student-driven endeavor whose mission is to lessen our community’s ecological footprint. Take a look at our student-designed coloring pages, guides, and suggestions for getting beyond your own backyard and exploring green spaces in Northwest Philadelphia.
Power Through It/Sanctuary Village | With their 10th-grade Capstone project, Hope Kelly and Lida Goloveyko aim to create energy-efficient, transitional housing units. They found a community partner in Sanctuary Village, an organization that alleviates housing insecurity for those looking to transition out of homelessness. At today’s festival, you can support Sanctuary Village’s efforts with a purchase of a planter or a pre-order of a birdhouse.