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Why is Christmas so Commercialized?

It’s early November. You are scrolling through your recommended section on Youtube and suddenly, a new video pops up: “What I Want for Christmas 2016.” You think: “It’s only November, Christmastime is in December.” Then you remember that commercial Christmastime comes the day after Thanksgiving. But why?

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Is the Harry Potter Festival Worth It?

Written By: Harper Zuercher and Grace Raufer

After visiting the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, we both have thought that it included the next few options:

a) All of the Chestnut Hill Shops Transform to Hogsmeade

b) There is a Quidditch match at the Chestnut Hill College

c) Many people are in costume

d) There are over 50,000 people, many who come from all around the US and the world

e) All of the Above

The Answer is E,  All of the Above. Find out why…

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Friday the 13th: Black Bear Spotted in the Wissahickon

You might never believe it, but a black bear was spotted Friday May 13, 2016, in Fairmount Park. He was spotted by the Valley Green Inn, in the Wissahickon, by a  fisherman, at about 11 o’clock a.m. The man said he “looked downstream”, and saw “a black bear approaching on the same bank he was on”!

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GFS Middle School Community Day

Middle School Community Day (or Day of Service) was a huge success. If you don’t know what the day was, it went a little something like this; we arrived at school, had homeroom, and then went to assembly. Next, we met with our worship sharing groups (which are mixed grade) to talk about where we were going.

Many of the projects were helping outdoors and in parks or gardens. One example is Vernon Park. Julie Marren’s group and Jeff Torchon’s group, went to go and help there. We walked a few blocks and when we got there met two men who were our site leader’s for the day. We ate pretzels, then split into two groups, (each with one man) and got straight to work, after discussing safety and introductions. Continue reading GFS Middle School Community Day

The Best Backpack for Switching Classes

What is the best backpack for departmentalization? Here are some backpacks that were put to the test, and got reviewed with  the cold, hard, truth. These backpacks will  be carrying (at least) up to four one inch binders, a folder, a planner, a pencil case, a book, and a water bottle. Continue reading The Best Backpack for Switching Classes