The FRIENDS was founded in 1969 and is the oldest volunteer and fundraising group at the German International School, supporting students and their families, faculty and staff by funding countless projects over the past 50 years.
Year after year the FRIENDS organize fun, motivated teams of dedicated volunteers who fundraise to finance students programs and activities (K trough 12th Grade) that cannot be funded from the GISW budget.
The FRIENDS also bring traditional German culture and customs to the GISW and local community through a variety of annual, seasonal and weekly events for the GISW Community:
- The annual Traditional German Christmas Market in December at the GISW (up to 3000 visitors from the school and DC area community), featuring local and regional vendors and authentic German cuisine
- The weekly Arts&Crafts Group, Tuesdays from September to June, between 8:15am and 1:15pm
- The yearly Ballroom Dance Class for 9th -12th Grade, from October to March
- The seasonal Handmade Advent Wreath Workshops in November
- The annual Formal Winter Ball in March (Up to 150 attendees from the GISW Community)
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, the FRIENDS embody the spirit of the School’s Mission Statement!
INDEPENDENT The Friends is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization independent from the GISW, registered in the State of Maryland, adhering to State law and regular audit controls.
BILINGUALThe FRIENDS welcome all languages! All members of the current Board are fluent in both German and English, enabling us to communicate with the GISW community.
WELTOFFEN The FRIENDS welcome all cultures, languages, nationalities and ethnicities. We learn from each other and enjoy our similarities and differences while working together for the good of the GISW.
Thank you so much for your support!
FRIENDS Board of Directors
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