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The Episcopal School in North Philadelphia

The culmination of a year long service partnership between St. James School and Episcopal Academy (EA) took place on a picture perfect day.

Students departed the school just after morning meeting and arrived around 10am for a pre-lunch set of outdoor activities. EA and St. James students broke up into groups of four, each participating in team events that included: kickball, capture the flag, soccer and tennis baseball. The teams switched every half hour, then broke for lunch at noon.

Led by EA teachers and staff, Tim Gavin led the group in prayer while teachers prepared grilled burgers and hot dogs. Students enjoyed the rest of the afternoon by playing basketball, frisbee and soccer, and just generally letting loose by playing on the swings and rolling down the lush green hills of the school campus.

The day marks the end of a remarkable year of six alternating service trips at which 5th grade students from each school traveled to meet and perform service activities as a show of common interest. The program’s success has proven worthy for another year that will begin at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.