Flag, parade become part of Day of Silence and Noise
For tomorrow's Day of Silence and Noise, the Pride flag will fly in front of the school. Gordon's fourth graders are the keepers of the daily flag raising tradition, so Middle School students met with them earlier this week to talk about the flag, the Day of Silence and Noise, and the opportunities for advocacy coming up for them when they enter Middle School in the fall.
Friday is the annual Day of Silence, observed in schools across the country to bring attention to the harassment LGBTQ+ students can experience. In Gordon's Middle School, is recognized as a Day of Silence and Noise with interdisciplinary teach-ins and workshops. This is the sixteenth year Gordon's Middle School has participated.
Also new this year: the day will end with a Middle School Pride parade. Parade preparations are an extension of ongoing conversations about how the arts can be used to advocate for justice. Students will be making signs for the parade, inspired by a range of options that are as diverse as the LGBTQ+ community itself.
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