Approximately 400 people attended a public meeting for worship in the manner of the Religious Society of Friends today. Held annually in Golden Gate Park and organized by the San Francisco Friends School, the meeting also attracted park visitors who were intrigued by the sight of so many people sitting in silence for 20 minutes. It was an inspiring example of the self-control and spiritual discipline inculcated by the school in children as young as five and none of whom were over twelve. The students were joined by the faculty and staff of the school, members of the local Friends Meeting, as well as parents who came to celebrate the end of the school year together. One parent said, "It's always so moving to be here with everyone and just sit quietly together in nature. It's very spiritual."
The meeting for worship was followed by presentations to the faculty and staff by parents, remarks by the remarkable Head of School, Catherine Hunter, and folk dances by the children. The afternoon's festivities concluded with popsicles for everyone. One child said, "This is my favorite part of the school year!"
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[Corrections: certain factual information was corrected at 6:58 pm]
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