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The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

Led by Head of School L. Hamilton Clark, six seniors from Episcopal Academy (EA) in Newtown Square, PA, visited for a day of volunteer service and play, all part of the school’s annual Senior Service Day.

The group arrived in the morning and, after a brief orientation with full-time volunteer Ms. Tori Cellucci, immediately set out to winterize the school garden. Mr. Clark was the first to dive in, picking up a nearby saw and trimming pieces of wood and pvc. The students gathered plastic coverings and other tools, and in no time the school’s garden was covered in a greenhouse effect and ready to withstand the winter growing season.

The EA seniors then returned inside to help sort the vast array of donated books set about inside the school gym.

Lunchtime arrived and the 5th graders were settling in just as the volunteers had pulled their bagged lunches and found seats among the empty chairs. St. James Head of School David Kasievich led the volunteers in an introductory session, asking each senior to state their name, an extra-curricular activity they enjoy, and which college they planned to attend upon graduation. The St. James’ students enjoyed interacting with their teenage counterparts, hearing stories and asking many questions.

Once lunch was finished, the seniors were invited to a game of ultimate frisbee during recess–and they couldn’t say no! All students really enjoyed the fast-paced game in the perfect autumn weather. Afterward, they retired back to class, with some of the volunteers assisting the students with reading.

Thank you for your service, Episcopal Academy seniors!