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The Gordon School to Host an Evening of Reflection on the Legacy of Fred Rogers


The Gordon School will host an evening celebrating the legacy of Fred Rogers, creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and subject of Morgan Neville’s acclaimed documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? on February 13th. The film looks back on the life of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

After a screening of the film, Head of School Noni Thomas López will lead a conversation with one of her mentors, The Rev. Paula Lawrence-Wehmiller, an educator, author, consultant, and presence in schools across the United States who worked with Fred Rogers for many years. The discussion will highlight the connections between Fred Roger’s legacy and Gordon’s mission as a racially diverse, progressive school that takes children seriously.

To Register: http://www.gordonschool.org/families

About The Rev. Paula Lawrence-Wehmiller
As a child advocate long involved in civil rights, Lawrence-Wehmiller worked for many years with Fred Rogers, serving on the advisory board of “Different and the Same, Helping Children Identify and Prevent Prejudice,” a video project of Family Communications, Inc., the parent company of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and authoring “Keeper of the Dream,” a chapter in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Children, Television and Mr. Rogers published by University of Pittsburgh Press.

About Gordon School
The Gordon School, in East Providence, Rhode Island, was founded in 1910 as the state’s only non-public coeducational school. Since then, the school has evolved into a progressive institution that offers students academic experiences that have applications far beyond the classroom. With a practical hands-on, real-world instructional approach, each student comes to truly appreciate the value of multiple perspectives. Learning takes place among a diverse population of students and teachers who reflect the many cultures within Rhode Island’s community. Educating children from nursery school through eighth grade, Gordon’s goal is to graduate intellectual leaders and joyful learners who understand empathy, and young people who will make a positive impact on the world. For more information, please visit www.gordonschool.org.

Image: courtesy of The Gordon School

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