Over the years, Princeton Friends School has built a special relationship with two other schools: La Escuela Miguel Vasquez, which serves the urban poor in Guatemala City, Guatemala and the Noor-Ul-Iman Islamic school just down the road from us in South Brunswick.
Our connection to Escuela Miguel Vasquez began several years ago, thanks to one of our teachers who was born in Guatemala. Today it's our “sister school,” and as a community PFS undertakes a variety of service projects to help its students. The capstone of this work is a service trip in the spring for any interested 7th or 8th grade students, parents, and teachers to visit our friends at the Vasquez school. Carrying donated school supplies and lots of good wishes from Princeton, N.J., the group teaches classes, works on facility improvement projects, and also has an opportunity to tour the Guatemalan countryside.
Our friendship with the Noor-Ul-Iman school began in the wake of the devastation of September 11th, 2001, when PFS teacher, Sarah Hirsch, reached out in friendship and in peace. Since then, PFS and Noor-Ul-Iman students have found many opportunities to share fun, games, and cross-cultural events. Together, they are sowing seeds for a better tomorrow.