At today's Middle School meeting, Mr. Burnstein briefed students on an exciting event happening tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day, the global event celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
To celebrate, Gordon's Middle School will welcome a very special guest.
Karenna Gore is the founder of the Center for Earth Ethics, which bridges the worlds of religion, academia, policy and culture to combat ecological destruction.
Ms. Gore comes to Gordon through Ted Widmer '76, who met her family when he worked in the Clinton White House.
Gordon's Middle School students connect with Gore's work on a number of levels:
Gordon expects that all students find ways to advocate for positive social change, and the Middle School took the lead on this last fall by sending dozens of student representatives to the Climate Strike March.
Gordon is committed to connecting students with the earth on a daily basis, using a twelve-acre campus that has woods, a stream and a pond that serve as play spaces and classrooms, and vegetable gardens and green spaces where students learn to be stewards of the earth.
This commitment to stewardship is one of the key elements of the school's strategic plan, A More Just and Sustainable World, adopted last summer.
Finally, as Mr. Burnstein pointed out today, Earth Day is an event firmly rooted in the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, a chapter in US history that Gordon students talk about from Kindergarten all the way through the eighth grade trip to Georgia and Alabama.
Ms. Gore's presentation tomorrow will be followed by a substantial question and answer session. Students are working today, in advisory and science class, to prepare their questions.