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Middle/High School, Philadelphia - 5 day

The Journey

Founded in 1682, Philadelphia is known for playing a key role in the history of our nation during the American Revolution – it’s where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed into action.  There are several museums and historical attractions where students will learn about the Liberty Bell and walk in the footsteps of America’s Founding Fathers.

 

Students will also visit and learn about the National Constitution Center, a museum and education center established by Congress designed to “disseminate information about the United Sates Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people”.

 

CLICK HERE for us to design a Journey that is customized to your class size, dates, and lodging preferences

 

We engage students in meaningful service projects easily and swiftly. For example, after your students enjoy time touring Independence Hall, we may bring them nearby to a food packing event where they will learn about the issues of hunger and homelessness that Philadelphia (among many other cities) face. Then, students will move along to another section of the city and continue their time in Philly.

 

The idea behind intentional serving while on a class trip, whether the 8th grade or the 10th, is to link an educational, service oriented, and/or global perspective where they go.  This can be done in a variety of ways, all being crafted for your school.

 

Some of the sites that may be included in your customized itinerary are:

 

Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Reading Terminal Market.

 

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Middle School Students
High School Students

JOURNEY COST

TBD - customized for your school/class

Customized for your class/dates/size & may include all transportation (from school), Journey Leader/guide, serve day coordination, train/metro tickets and meals.

SERVICE PROJECTS

Food/Hunger Event 60%
60%
Community initiative 20%
20%
Local Serve, customized 20%
20%

PAST PROJECTS

Serving Meals, Changing Hearts

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Serving and Learning in the Nations Capital

SERVICE LEARNING ~ WASHINGTON, DC In it’s fourth year, St. John’s Academy has traveled with us for both their Thanksgiving and their spring breaks. This year we ...

Reforestation Efforts Support a Local Family

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Making the Classroom Come Alive

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Exploration in Service

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2100 Square Feet of Tongue and Groove

SERVICE ADVENTURE ~ WEAVERVILLE, NC On this winter Service Mission, a small team of 12 accomplished a huge service project! They renovated and replaced over ...

All Walks of Life Serve Together

SERVICE ADVENTURE ~ COSTA RICA A group of 22 people, with a variety of backgrounds, traveled to Costa Rica to serve and play for a ...

Computers, Soccer & The Bible!

SERVICE MISSION ~ COSTA RICA An amazing team of 6 people headed to Santa Theresa to create and engage in a serving week that they ...

Leaving a Legacy over Spring Break!

SERVICE ADVENTURE ~ COSTA RICA A student and faculty team from Georgia College decided to leave a legacy over spring break. This fun-spirited team painted ...

Kitchen Camp-n-Serve

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Changing Hearts and Replacing Walls

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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

90,000 – THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WE SERVE EACH WEEK

 

Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in 9 counties in PA and NJ. Of the people Philabundance serves, 30% percent are children and 16% percent are seniors. Others who seek food assistance include people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, students and working class families.

 

OUR HISTORY

 

In 1984 Philabundance was founded by an idealist named Pamela Rainey Lawler who saw perfectly good food going to waste, and, at the same time, saw people going hungry.

What started out as a small food rescue organization operating out of a Subaru, 30+ years later, is an innovative, impactful and collaborative organization distributing more than 24 million pounds of food a year to those in need.

Philabundance is a proud member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks leading the fight against hunger in the United States.

 

ABOUT HUNGER

 

Hunger hits every zip code in America. Without access to nutritious food – or enough of it – people can’t thrive. It affects everything – from health to education to financial success. It is hard to concentrate on school work, find a job, or manage a heart problem if you struggle with food insecurity. Hunger is one of the harshest and most detrimental symptoms of poverty. Most simply, it is a result of not having enough money to cover all of your basic needs.

To drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever, we need everyone to collaborate, including corporations, foundations, individuals and the government. We can’t do it alone — we must work together.

Imagine the courage it takes to pick up the phone, call a total stranger and admit that you don’t have enough food to feed your family.

At our office this happens dozens of times per day, and it is what drives us. Hunger hits every zip code and chances are strong that you know someone who faces or has faced hunger, even if they have never voiced their struggle. For more than two decades we have fought hunger in the Greater Philadelphia region with one guiding principle. Hunger is preventable.

 

Our Mission: Founded in 1996, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry.

 

We fight hunger through a three-pronged approach:

 

1. Immediate Relief: We connect people in need to food pantries and soup kitchens in their neighborhood, often able to find an option that will provide food that very day.

 

2. Short-Term Relief: We help people apply and obtain SNAP (food stamp) benefits through our SNAP Hotline.

 

3. Long-Term Relief: We advocate on behalf of those who face food insecurity to ensure that they have a voice in shaping responsible solutions to hunger in both local and national policy recommendations.

Logistics

ACCOMMODATIONS

We have many lodging partners in Philadelphia for you to choose from. We provide lodging at either a partner hotel (4 to a room), a bunkhouse in the city (private to your class) with a full kitchen for team cooking, or cabins with full facility (6-12 to a house) that is a 20 min train ride into the city. You choose the lodging that fits your class size/needs.

TRANSPORTATION

Flights, trains, bus transport, metro and all details are included and customized depending on the size of your class.

WHAT TO BRING

Walking shoes, close toed for serve projects, sunscreen, journal, toiletries

DAILY SCHEDULE

Arrival Day

On arrival day we settle the team in and head out for a first tour of either the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall.

 

* Schedule is created based on the size of your Journey and the type of Journey.

* All journeys and schedules are customized based on the location and type of Journey.

 

SAMPLE for Florida School to Philadelphia, 5 DAY

Day 2, 3, 4 - Tour & Serve DC

Each day we will design a walking/metro tour of the highlights of Philadelphia. Each day will be filled with the sights and sounds of Philly, and all of it’s rich offerings – plus, meaningful service components that can be linked with a course curriculum, if you choose. The schedule is customized for your class but may include:

 

  • – Tour of the Liberty Bell & Independence Hall
  • – Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • – Visit the National Constitution Center
  • – Take part in a 2 hour serve and food packing event with food partners

Day 5 - Continuing the tour

  • – Visit Reading Terminal Market
  • – Zip Line, or high ropes/climbing wall team building activity optional!
  • – Depart for home

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