Bridging communities through art
Upper School students in English teacher Tom Buck’s Theater Workshop traveled to the McKim Center this spring where they performed “The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk” for children enrolled in the afterschool program. “Our performances of ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk’ at McKim were highlights of the 2016-17 season,” said Buck. “Several of the kids actually returned to the center to teach theater to the kids who had enjoyed their shows.”
The Friends-McKim connection dates back to 1817 when John McKim, a prominent Quaker merchant, bequeathed funds for construction of the city’s first free school. Today the former McKim Free School, now the McKim Community Center, serves Jonestown youth, seniors, and homeless individuals through a variety programs. The organization occupies the historic Aisquith Street Meetinghouse where Friends School was founded in 1784.