LET OUR LIGHT SHINE ON RAMALLAH FRIENDS SCHOOL
Spring Fling 2022
Although we have not been able to gather in person for this important event since 2020, we continue to be connected as a community in Light and Love and in Spirit. We ask for your generosity and sharing to help us continue to support the Ramallah Friends School, which has been a beacon of Light for more than 150 years in a troubled location.
Rotating photos of past spring fling gatherings
A BFM Friend is volunteering at Ramallah Friends School in Spring of 2022. She sent us the following message.
I was overjoyed when Ramallah Friends School’s dynamic new Head of School, Rania Maayeh, invited me to return to the school as a volunteer this year. Rania has a long history with Ramallah Friends School, first as a student, then as a teacher, now as Head of School. Her three children are RFS graduates. Rania’s energy is evident everywhere on campus.
She and I developed my work plan before my arrival in Ramallah and I love everything I am doing.
The school has 1,569 students in lower, middle and high school and sends 99% of its seniors to 4-year colleges and universities. Seventeen percent of the student body receives financial aid; the school aims to raise that to 25%. The school’s Learning Support Program is unique in Palestine.
As I walk across the campus and enter the old stone buildings that have nurtured and educated Palestine’s best and brightest for 152 years, I am aware of the intersection of Palestinian culture and Quaker values, and I am proud that BFM chooses to support Ramallah Friends School institutionally and personally. As Palestine emerges from Covid, there has never been a more important time to support Ramallah Friends School.
I hope Bethesda F(f)riends will give generously to ensure that the school continues its work to cultivate ethical, moral, and spiritual values in young Palestinians.
In past years
As we remember our past events and contributions, we hope to continue this generosity
and sharing to support Ramallah students.
MORE ABOUT RAMALLAH FRIENDS SCHOOL
A Summer Experience for Diaspora
Palestinian Youth and Friends
For over a century, Ramallah Friends School has been a light of education in a land crossed by many cultures.
RFS sponsors the summer program "Go Palestine" as an opportunity for Palestinian youth and Friends, ages 14 to 17, in the Diaspora to experience and explore Palestine.
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Reported by Frank Greve a year ago, May 30, 2021
Dear Friends, Ramallah Friends School (RFS) survived the recent (2021) Israeli-Palestinian violence almost unscathed, reports Kelly Kellum, general secretary of Friends United Meeting (FUM), under whose care the school falls. He said one RFS student, a 12th-grader who clashed with Israeli forces near a border checkpoint, suffered leg injuries, spent the night in jail, and was released the next morning. And one RFS family visiting relatives in Gaza found themselves stuck for the duration of the conflict. The family returned to Ramallah when the cease-fire stuck, but as they did, other RFS families learned that kin in Gaza had suffered from Israeli missile attacks.
The Friends School's grounds were untouched, Kelly Kellum said, and peaceful demonstrations took place in downtown Ramallah last week. That said, two experiences braced RFS students and disheartened some.
FUM's Kellum said that the school's educational quality and steadiness help to keep in Ramallah Palestinians who might otherwise accept exile. In a measure of that steadiness, Ramallah Friends' graduation will be in-person next week. At its end, Moody will step down and be succeeded by Rania Maayah, a former Ramallah Friends student and teacher who's a parent of three alumni.