Class of 2021 Class Gift and Tuition Deposit

Dear 8th grade family,

For eighteen years, parents from Gordon’s eighth grade class have come together to honor their children’s time at Gordon School with a gift upon graduation. The eighth grade class gift has supported programs like the Civil Rights trip, the Math Curriculum Endowment Fund, Environmental Education, Athletics, the Compassionate Community Fund, among many others. As your child/ children and the 8th grade look to the end of their time at Gordon School we look forward to coming together as a class to make our mark.

When the Class of 2021 was asked what has been most meaningful about their Gordon experience their answers focused on two main themes. A community that values diversity and acknowledges all voices and the teaching faculty who take the time to understand them and work with them to make the curriculum relatable. One eighth grader shared “I appreciate the engaging, fun, hands-on lessons the teachers plan for us. I love the relationship between my peers and my teachers: we have built a community where everyone cares about each other. I appreciate the emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and everyone embraces each other’s differences. I love how we are encouraged to spend time outdoors.”

They asked that their 8th grade class gift supports the faculty and staff that work tirelessly to make their Gordon School experience meaningful and unique. The students expressed their deep gratitude for those that made this year happen in-person while they recognize that not all schools could do so during this pandemic. The 2021 Class Gift will be dedicated to a fund in support of faculty and staff wellness so that they can continue to be the bedrock of the community we all value. Their gift will support faculty and staff with funds for continuing education, wellness classes, mental health needs, and other activities to sustain their spirit and show up each and every day.

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our community’s resilience in unprecedented ways, and the Class of 2021 has met this challenge as they always have: together. They have been gracious and nimble with the changing landscape of their eighth grade year. Their creativity and inclusivity has made the 2020-2021 school year memorable from the school wide Turkey Trot to a riveting Mock Trial. Gordon’s class of 2021 has reminded us to laugh in a year that has been especially hard for our community.

We believe it would be a fitting legacy for the Class of 2021, a group of students who are deeply empathetic and committed to inclusivity, to make a gift in honor of their educators and mentors. This year we have an ambitious goal of $25,000. We have our work cut out for us and will need support from all families in order to reach this goal, but we are confident we can do it together.

Will you consider a gift in support of the Class of 2021?

A simple start to consider: when you child/ children entered Gordon School, you were asked to make a $400 deposit. This deposit can be donated back to the school as part of your gift. If you are interested to donate back your deposit, please fill out the form below.

We also ask you to please consider making an additional gift to help us reach the $25,000 goal. Any one of us would be happy to have a conversation about what might work best for your family. Or, you can always speak with Claire Phipps at 401-434-3833 or cphipps@gordonschool.org.

We continue to be moved by the generosity of the Gordon School community, and thank you in advance for considering being a part of this treasured eighth grade tradition.

Sincerely,

The Class of 2021 Class Gift Committee
Sheila Haley and Walter Atwood, parents of Evan Atwood
Rupa and Dibyendu Datta, parents of Reyan Datta
Kendra Mitchner, parent of Evan Mitchner
Amy Gallo and Damion Vania, parents of Harper Vania

Tuition deposits and all gifts to the school are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged in the Annual Report.