Volunteerism and experiential service learning bring our students in contact with local leaders who are actively working to make a difference in their communities.
Through various partnerships in Frankford and beyond, our students conduct research projects to dig into the root causes of each issue and develop an appreciation for the value of the service work.
These partnerships and service opportunities give our students the opportunity to connect their understanding of complex problems in their environment with tangible and constructive ideas to counteract them. Our students develop empathy, a commitment to serving their local communities, and gain confidence in their own ability to create change.
Food and Wellness Network (FAWN)
Middle school students volunteer at FAWN to assist patrons with getting food, help run workshops, and to facilitate partnerships between FAWN and local stores.
Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Fourth graders partner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to explore ways to improve not just the aesthetics of Frankford, but the functionality, sustainability, and equity of our neighborhood. The project culminates in the building of Box City, a scale-model of Frankford, complete with student-constructed sustainable development additions to the neighborhood, like solar-powered public bikes and a redesigned El platform for the benefit of the whole Frankford community.
The University of the Arts
Our fifth Grade students welcomed UArts students, who came to FFS to harvest plantings from our dye garden. After harvesting, our students traveled by the El to the university for a natural dye and shibori workshop. The project culminated in a final art show with the university’s president.
Frankford Community Development Corporation
FFS partners with the Frankford CDC to work on projects around our neighborhood of Frankford. One of our most recent projects was the beautifying of Pause Park.
Eighth graders partner with the Philadelphia Water company and TTF to study the problems that plague our watershed. Pre-K students team up with the Philadelphia water company to place storm drain markers on the neighborhood’s drains to help protect the city's waterways from pollution.
Our service learning leaders at FFS are interested in building long-term projects with organizations and we welcome your ideas for partnership.
If you are connected to an organization who would be a fit for our service learning or project based learning programs, please let us know!