Lower School students are in the Wissahickon, their outdoor classroom, from day one at SCH—tending trails, clearing invasives, taking water samples, and more. The school has a decades-old partnership with the stewardship of the park right outside their back door. Hence, it's no surprise when SCH students were choosing an organization for their CEL projects to support, the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) was a top choice! As the official park partner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, FOW’s mission is to conserve and improve the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park.
Proudly representing the school along the Avenue this past Sunday, teams of CEL students volunteered in our booth at the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival. (A huge “thanks” to all of you for supporting SCH!) Second graders’ sale of “gifts for good”—buttons with Earth Day-inspired designs, wood-burned, die-cut animal-shaped pendants and earrings. Sophomore Leah Laudenbach’s resin earrings added to the generous contributions to FOW with her handcrafted, colorful, nature-inspired earring sales from Laurel Leaf Designs. As we near the end of the school year, the tally is in! And we are proud to report that nearly $2,500 has been earmarked to support the efforts of FOW.
Also representing SCH CEL at the Festival with their goods and services were the Middle School Eco Club, Green Line, Mellor Lawn Maintenance, Power Through It/Sanctuary Village, and Sonas to America
Well done, teams. Your quest to effect positive change was visible in our very own backyard!