On Saturday night, September 28th, over five hundred and fifty members of the extended Gordon family came together in downtown Providence to celebrate the new school year and the many ways that Gordon is connected to the community that surrounds it.
The evening also served as the official introduction of A More Just And Sustainable World, a strategic vision created through a process that drew in voices from throughout the Gordon family. Printed copies were distributed to all in attendance, and the online version can be found at www.gordonschool.org/morejustandsustainable The plan's design (and the evening's pinwheels) was created by Marisa Kambour of Coral Creative.
Rolling out A More Just And Sustainable World at a celebration filled with students was appropriate, because children are at the center of this strategic vision. As Dr. Thomas López said in her remarks:
The magic of Gordon is that we are not afraid to let our children's values and voices lead us. Most recently they led our community to stand up and stand out at the Global Climate Strike, and the incredibly generous gift of $250,000 in honor of our students in action was a powerful message to our children, and that message was: "Thank you, keep leading, we're behind you."
The crowd exceeded all expectations, and ranged from alumni from the 1960's to families who began at Gordon just a few weeks ago. Jen Lial was on hand to capture the evening with photos, and Easy Entertaining provided an amazing variety of delicious refreshments.
The WaterFire lighting included the Big Bang Science Fair, a wide variety of presentations and hands-on activities celebrating the intersection of science, mathematics and the arts, putting Gordon alongside Brown, CERN, Microsoft, Fermilab, the National Science Foundation and the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics all night long.
Gordon's giveaways included handmade pinwheels as well as stunning t-shirts and canvas totebags, donated by GO EAST Promotional Products and Mark and Kate Mercurio. Special thanks to Shelly DiPaola for working closely with Mark to make these happen. Amanda Riegel was another key volunteer, and additional funding was provided by the Gordon Community Association and Providence Pilates Center.