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Earth Day was last week

A sustained commitment to environmental education

Earth Day was last week.
 

The sustainability lessons continue at Gordon.
 

Young Kindergarten continues to feed their worms compost.
 

They're researching ways to care for the animals that live on Gordon's campus.
 

And they are giving their new neighbor, the mother duck, a wide berth. 
 

Kindergarten is caring for caterpillars.
 

And they are learning about beekeeping.
 

A Gordon grandfriend came to campus today for the first of three weeks of "Sustaina Bee-Lity" lessons in Early Childhood.
 

Alex Unger '03 is also sharing reports on the San Francisco Bee-Cause project, care of his mother, Jacqui Ketner, a longtime Gordon science teacher recently retired from the classroom.
 

Nursery's bee study will lead directly into their birdwatching study, another lesson Ms. Ketner will likely be drawn into just like she was last year.
 

Third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grade have all headed to the water to help with beach cleanups.
 

Some groups took buses a few miles down the parkway.
 

Others just walked down to the cove at the bottom of the hill.
 

For fifth graders, the waterfront work connected to their recent trip to Pawtucket's hydroelectric plant.
 

For some seventh graders, the clean up comes after a visit from the Trash Trailer, a mobile art installation featuring elements of trash and sludge dredged up from the Providence River in 2020.
 

The Trash Trailer had a powerful message about trash and waterfront conservation.
 

But these students are in the art and social justice elective, and their questions focused on the practical aspects of artists' process, from inspiration to execution.
 

Their central question in this class: how can the arts be used to advocate for positive change?
 

These students are still finding their voices around complex social issues, but they have a firm foundation in the connection between art and sustainability.
 

They've been using the arts to advocate for the earth for many years now.
 

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