We believe education provides our children with important building blocks they will use for the rest of their lives. At Friends, that education is grounded in the Quaker values of reflection, integrity, peaceful problem-solving, and stewardship. The Annual Fund is the woven into the fabric of a Friends education, touching every student, every day. Gifts to the Annual Fund help make class trips possible, support maintenance and upgrades of our facility, and support our incredible faculty as they work to meet our students where they are in and outside of the classroom.
For five days this past September, eighth graders journeyed into the Ansel Adams Wilderness area of the Inyo and Sierra National Forests. For many, it was their first backpacking experience, and one they’ll likely never forget. The 55 students joined 10 faculty and wilderness guides. Reflecting on the trip, one student noted: “Sleeping outside made me realize why people spend weeks on end away from their houses, and take time exploring the world, the mountains, lakes, and rivers. It seems like time is at a standstill, there is no deadline or due date, it’s just a place to be calm and free.”
Thank you to all of you who contribute to the Annual Fund and support enriching experiences such as these. Below are just a few snapshots this year’s eighth grade Sierras trip.
One group of eighth graders hiked more than 13 miles over the course of five days!
Weather experienced: thunder, lightening, rain, hail, snow, and lots of sun!
Wildlife spotted: deer, dragonflies, fish, and a marmot!
Highest elevation reached: 10,000 ft (Timber Knob)
"I don't think I'll ever do this again, but I'm so glad I did it." - Eighth grade student