The dictionary definition of generous is "showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected." There is a spiritual underpinning to almost any act of generosity, for people give out of love. I am continually in awe of the many generous people who make up the LFS community. I would like to lift up one today.
At the end of a Monday in August, the telephone rang. Jack Swope, an alumnus from the LFS class of 1946, was calling me because he felt inspired by a sermon he heard at church the day before. He and his wife, Joan, wanted to make a difference to a Lansdowne Friends School family by paying for one child's tuition through his or her LFS education. Although the call was unexpected and extraordinarily magnanimous, it was not out of character: Jack has given generously to LFS in the past. For example, in 2000, he established The LFS Endowment Fund, the interest from which provides supplemental funds for faculty development. In addition, he has shared his love for the school through bringing together alumni from his time here, including one of his classmates from Holland who came after World War II and who with Jack and had a terrific visit with our fifth and sixth grades.
Jack and Joan's latest gift has a multiplier effect, for this scholarship frees up the financial aid that the recipient had been getting to be awarded to another family in need. We thank Jack and Joan for giving us that opportunity, for supporting an LFS student so generously, and for their ongoing support to Lansdowne Friends School in so many ways.
John McKinstry, Head of School
In May, third and fourth graders canoed on the Brandywine, after learning safety and paddling techniques. Check out more photos here.
At the end of their study of Japan, the first and second graders illustrated their haiku books, created their own ikebana, and made sushi from scratch. Check out more photos here.
Beach day is an end-of-year tradition for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. Check out more photos here.
Pre-kindergarten students have been planting a pizza garden, full of plants just right for making the perfect pizza. They have also been exploring other gardens on campus.
First and second graders have been planting a butterfly waystation. The classes were recognized by Monarch Watch.
Kindergartners had a Skype conversation with ninth graders about the story-song Abiyoy.
Third and fourth graders visited Harrisburg, an annual trip that's part of their study of Pennsylvania.