Generosity isn’t just about receiving a gift. It’s also the gift that you experience when you are generous. Generosity is an act that can change the world, and it affects how we feel about ourselves and those around us. When we live generously, we begin every relationship by assuming the best intentions. We approach every decision by considering what we have, rather than what we are missing. It’s all of our jobs to learn to live generously and teach our families how to do just that.
In 2020, Gordon is reimagining how to do a lot of tried and true Gordon traditions. One tradition that is a constant is the commitment to raising children who are generous, empathetic and thoughtful. Please join us for this season of generosity.
Coffee with Claire: Living Generously (above)
Over Zoom, Friday, November 13, 8:45am
Author Rodney Eric López and nonprofit leader Fran Loosen will have a lively Zoom conversation about generous living and how parents can cultivate a culture of giving in their families.
Zoom link: www.gordonschool.org/generosity
Turkey Trot reimagined
Donations accepted at drop-off, Tuesday, November 17th
Gordon's long-standing relationship with Pleasant View Elementary School continues, and that includes helping ensure every Pleasant View family has a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year the eighth grade has a goal of raising $1,500 to purchase thirty $50 gift cards for the school to distribute. Details at www.gordonschool.org/turkeytrot
The Giving Thanks assembly
Friday, November 20th
A Gordon assembly wouldn't be complete without the school song. When classrooms connected online for this year's version of the pre-Thanksgiving assembly, the fifth grade performance linked above hit the spot. The full assembly is at www,gordonschool.org/givingthanks
The Book Fair online
November 23rd to December 14th
Gordon shoppers can support both the GCA and Providence's Books on the Square this winter by purchasing books during these three weeks, using the links at bookfair.gordonschool.org. Community members can also make a gift directly to the library using the form at www.gordonschool.org/bookdonation
The Gordon Fund launches
Mailed to homes in late November
The Gordon Fund fuels the school's mission by drawing on support from families, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, grandparents and friends from throughout the extended Gordon family. Start the season early with a gift at www.gordonschool.org/give
Tuesday, December 1st
The Gordon community has always put in a strong showing on this international day of philanthropy. This year, the goal is to get one hundred gifts on Giving Tuesday, in honor of Gordon's faculty and staff, who give 100% every day.
The 2019-2020 Annual Report
Arriving in mailboxes mid-December
This publication celebrates the resilience of the Gordon community, and everything that the Gordon family accomplished over the course of an unprecedented year.
...and in the new year...
Share the warmth
With the Kindergarten's annual Share the Warmth project, some of Gordon's youngest students get the experience of making a difference by helping provide warm clothes for Rhode Islanders who need them. The annual popcorn giveaway probably can't happen this year, but Kindergarten will find new ways to energize this community and get the entire school to participate in their effort.