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Carnival 2023

A community celebration with leadership opportunities for everyone

Carnival is rain or shine, and Carnival 2023 was indoor party, with two bouncy houses, an obstacle course, basketball shoot-your-shot, a wrecking ball, a Pac Man Battle Royale, face painting, rock painting, quiet crafts, loud crafts, ring toss, games of skill and of chance, cotton candy and popcorn, Burrito Bowl, gourmet grilled cheese, an ice cream truck, chaupa rice from Los Andes, empanadas and more.

Carnival got off to an early start at a breakfast for dozens of families of students who are starting at Gordon in the fall.

Volunteering at Carnival is a great way to learn new skills. Desmond Almada’s mom and aunts held down the cotton candy table for many years, and they were missed today! But our team  got better and better with every fluffy treat.

In the theater: games of skill and chance, with Head of School Noni Thomas López and Assistant Head of School Dunham-Carson judiciously doling out prizes.

In the Nelson Field House: four bounce house experiences, fine-tuned to deliver thrills and action for all ages. Next door, we have slime making, face painting, temporary tattoos and rock painting, staffed by students and stalwart volunteers, while Mr. Lincoln DJs.

The great thing about a volunteer-run Carnival is that it presents so many opportunities for leadership. 

Today, fourth graders stepped up to staff the midway games. 

Alumni painted faces. 

Fifth graders did crafts alongside toddlers. 

Seventh graders learned to spin cotton candy. 

When the whole community takes responsibility for the event, it leaves room for the Head of School and Assistant Head of School to staff the prize table… 

…for a humanities teacher to play the wrecking ball alongside their students…

…and for a homeroom teacher to take their own child on an obstacle course adventure.


Carnival is Gordon’s biggest fundraiser, with proceeds supporting the Gordon Fund. Please consider supporting this year’s Gordon Fund by making a donation at by June 30th.


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