Every spring, Gordon celebrates the connections that children have with "grandfriends"—family friends, grandparents and extended family.
The goal is to have them share some of their Gordon world with people they care about. It's a fun event in itself, and it also serves Gordon's larger goals of making sure school connects with students' lives, and encouraging students to bring their full selves—their lives and experiences—into the classroom.
This year, in 2021, the tradition continues through postal mail.
There will be no in person or live activities—even over
Zoom—for Grandfriend's Day.
Instead, we are going to fill mailboxes across the country with messages of love. The May mailing to families included two cards for each student in each family to write on, decorate, and address to anyone they wish.
above: mailboxes will be at the check-in spots at morning drop-off
Families are asked to return these, with a complete address, to the box under the bell tower. The school will add postage and mail them all in one big batch of love on May 15th.
In addition to these cards, all the grandfriends in the school's database will receive a small gift and a message from the school. Thanks to all of the families who updated their grandfriends' contact information over the past weeks.
We have plenty of extra cards. Do not be shy!
Families should please reach out to Anne Marie Ticaric at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401 434-3833 to get more cards, or if they have additions or changes to your grandfriends' contact information.
Mr. Griffin would welcome photos or video of children creating their messages, or of the messages themselves. Text him at 401 480-9933.